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Acer autumn triumph

Acer Autumn is our stunning Autumn Colours competition winner. Congratulations to Ed Alderam from East Sussex who captured this magical layering of colours on a visit to Westonbirt Arboretum. The picture includes an Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum) and Ironwood (Parrotia persica).

Ed is a gardener/horticulturist and the current Christopher Lloyd Scholar at Great Dixter House. He had completed a work experience placement at Westonbirt Arboretum while studying at college, so knew it would be the ideal location to take a picture!

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Winner of RFS "Autumn colours" photography competition © Ed Alderam

Thank you to all of those who entered. We had some really great photographs.

We hope you will enter our Keep Christmas Real Competition. To enter, send us a photograph of your decorated indoor or outdoor REAL Christmas tree together with the names of those who decorated it, your contact details, the species of tree you selected, where you are from and a name for your image.

You can send them via facebook (Royal Forestry Society), Twitter (@royal_forestry), email education@rfs.org.uk or text to 0771 3822647. Entries must be received by end of day Thursday 19 December. Please also check out our Terms and Conditions for submitting pictures.