These stunning pictures show autumn has well and truly arrived as cooler weather brought out early splashes of colour in trees across the British countryside.
Thousands of trees at Stourhead in Wiltshire - which boasts an impressive 630 species - are producing a vintage autumn landscape of red, green, gold and rich orange.
Changeable weather conditions and recent rains have caused the trees to shed their leaves earlier than usual.
The landscape now resembles those seen in New England, USA, where weather conditions produce a wide spectrum of rich autumn colours.
There have also been stunning autumn scenes at the Somerset Levels, where Glastonbury Tor can be seen peeping through the cold morning mist.
Allan Power, 39, head gardener at Stourhead House, said the early autumn colours were “breathtaking”.
He said: “It is early this year and particularly stunning here at Stourhead because we have a collection of trees that have been collected from all over the world over the last 200 years. The changeable British weather does have an effect on the trees. For example we had winter-like gale force winds that felt like the beginning of winter. This morning was just beautiful, it was very autumnal which brings out the autumn colours and accelerates the change in the trees.”
"It is very tricky to tell you what my favourite place here is because it is all so breathtaking. The combination of colours during autumn is lovely to see, you can take in a red tree next to a yellow one. It is also wonderful to see the whole panorama, the colours and leaves are magnificent.'"
The 2,650 acre Stourhead Estate and 18th Century Palladian mansion Stourhead House, near Warminster, Wilts., are owned by the National Trust.