Autumn colours and pumpkin-carving at Sevenoaks garden


Great Comp Garden | Credit: Vikki Rimmer

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This half term, there’s plenty of outdoor fun at Great Comp Garden with pumpkin-carving sessions on the north lawn and an immersive autumn trail.

The seven-acre garden in Platt, near Sevenoaks, is known for its autumn colour. Great Comp is home to unusual trees like the Katsura from Japan whose yellow autumn leaves smell of burnt sugar as they fall to the ground.

The autumn trail encourages young visitors to identify seeds and leaves, find pine cones and learn about nature.

Usually the gates are closed at the end of October but, following the success of last year’s extended opening hours, the team have decided to open the garden this November from Thursday to Saturday.

Pampas grass | Credit: Vikki Rimmer

Curator William Dyson said:

“There’s much to see at this time of the year and not just the changing colours of the leaves; Salvia involucrata, Salvia Leucantha and Salvia Amistad have a long blooming period and look great in October and November while the pretty shrubby Mexican varieties of salvia look amazing long into autumn.”

“Our fantastic collection of trees such as the red oaks, English oaks, yew, sequoia, birch, limes, cypress, Nyssa sylvatica, Katsura are ablaze with colour and there’s a beauty to the light that can only be found at this time of year.”


Pumpkin carving sessions will run daily between Monday, October 25 and Friday, October 29 from 10am to noon and 1pm to 3pm.

Tickets cost £5 per child/pumpkin and need to be purchased online in advance. Carving kits will  be provided.

Visitors do not need to prebook for the children’s autumn trail but standard admission fees apply. Find out more here.

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