Forestry England has made the difficult decision to close Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest until further notice. They have done this to support nationwide efforts to control the spread of coronavirus and to encourage social distancing.
While trees, nature and fresh air are important for mental and physical wellbeing, the absolute priority is the health of visitors and staff. While the site remained open, it was proving difficult to maintain the social distancing required to reduce the spread of the virus.
Forestry England, supported by the Friends of Bedgebury Pinetum, is committed to caring for Bedgebury’s world-class collection of conifers, and a core team of dedicated and expert staff continues, within the necessary guidelines, to maintain the trees and plants on site. The planning, preparation and delivery of other long-term Pinetum projects also remains ongoing. The Friends has supported Bedgebury’s conifer conservation, horticultural endeavour and wider public engagement and learning for more than 25 years through membership, donations and sponsorship. This work will continue regardless of the closure of the site to visitors.
Please explore our website to find out more about our work, and the work of the National Pinetum. Our latest magazine, which explores the wonders of Bedgebury’s biodiversity, is now available by clicking here.
While we are unable to respond to individual queries at present, we will update you as often as we can.
Image courtesy of Fraser Allen