DOGS will be taking over Petworth Park this weekend.
The National Trust landscape will host outdoor family fun day, Spot the Spaniel, this Sunday from 11am-4pm.
Dog-owners are invited to take along their four-legged friends to join in with activities, competitions and demonstrations.
Spectators can also enjoy a fun dog show, with classes for all breeds, as well as food and shopping stalls, including Paws Deli, a business producing deli pet treats, Waggy Wardrobe, with dog clothes for all breeds, and Greenheart Sussex, makers of wellington boot stacks.
Also taking place is the Big Petworth Park Dog Walk, in support of the Heyshott-based national charity, Canine Partners.
Holly Bryan, events and challenges co-ordinator at Canine Partners, said: “We are delighted our Big Dog Walk is taking place in the wonderful surroundings of Petworth Park.
“We have organised a number of events there previously and the team are great to work with, so we are always pleased to come back.
“This will be a wonderful day out for dog-lovers, at the same time as raising awareness of the work we do in training dogs to change the lives of people with disabilities.”
The 5k walk, run or jog begins in the park at 10.30am and further information and sponsorship forms can be found at www.caninepartners.org.uk
Entry to Spot the Spaniel is free, for more details, visit nationaltrust.org.uk/Petworth or call 01798 342207.
And there is even more reason to visit the park, as the summer heatwave and warm September weather is likely to create incredible autumn colour this year, according to Mike Buffin, the National Trust’s gardens and parks adviser and author.
“We are set to see some dazzling displays of autumn colour.
“Following on from a very mild winter and a good spring, our landscape trees are looking in tip-top condition and even after the battering many trees took during the winter storms, our trees seem to be in really good health,” said Mike.
“The early autumn landscape at Petworth can be quite breathtaking,” added senior gardener Martin Sadler.
“The native oaks and limes have wonderful shapes as well as colours, and they’re interspersed with ‘exotics’ such as yellow swamp cyprus, flaming yellow and orange acers and vibrant red oaks. It’s an incredible sight.”
Petworth Park will offer a series of guided autumn walks on October 4, 12, 17 and 23 from 11am-12.45pm, £5, book on 01798 342207.
New research from the National Trust has found the kaleidoscope of colours experienced on an autumn walk makes people feel happier, healthier and calmer at a time when more than 40 per cent admit to feeling down as the nights draw in.
In the report, more than 70 per cent of people found autumn walks help to combat winter blues, but 48 per cent admit to not walking enough during the autumn months.