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Website tracks down best woodlands to experience the full glory of autumn; FORESTRY: Follow the season online.

THE Forestry Commission yesterday launched its biggest ever campaign to help people find the best places to see autumn's glorious golden colours as nature prepares to cast its annual spell over Wales's forests and woodlands.

A brand new website www. forestry. gov. uk/autumn has been developed to track the changing colours of our trees over the coming weeks as one of the most vibrant natural masterpieces is created.

Colour ratings ranging from one (first changes under way) to five (full autumn splendour) will be updated week by week and people will be able to see how Wales's forests compare with others around Britain, with all the top sites on any day displayed on the website.

Launching the Forestry Commission's Autumn Colours campaign, the National Assembly's Rural Affairs Minister Carwyn Jones said autumn was one of the most beautiful seasons to enjoy forests.

"Wales is a naturally beautiful country at any time of the year but when our woodlands and forests begin to glow in a rich variety of reds, yellows, oranges and golds, it becomes a truly enchanting place.

"Wales's woodlands offer a huge variety of walks, bike rides, picnic sites, forest drives and visitor centres for everyone and I urge the public not to miss the opportunity to enjoy this magical display created by nature.

"These woods belong to the people of Wales and, following the recent foot-and-mouth crisis when access to many of our forests and woodlands had to be restricted, what better reason is there for getting back out into the countryside than to get a really close-up view of this wonderful spectacle?

"Foresters across the country will be monitoring the colour changes and keeping everybody up-to-date on the best places to visit.

"So check the Forestry Commission website or phone for your free pack and get out there and enjoy it."

The Autumn Colours campaign features a range of key autumn sites in Wales, England and Scotland.

You can also get an Autumn Colours pack free of charge by phoning 0845 3673787.
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