About the Friends of Bedgebury Pinetum
The Friends of Bedgebury Pinetum is a charitable organisation that aims to promote tree-related engagement, research and learning at Bedgebury, one of the finest conifer collections in the world. Bedgebury is at the forefront of international conifer conservation efforts, sharing skills and expertise world-wide and producing many conservation firsts in the plant world.
The Friends was formed in 1993 by a group of volunteers passionate about the Pinetum. Since then we have grown, as Bedgebury has done, and we now have more than 5,000 members who value all sorts of things about Bedgebury, not just the Pinetum. Each year, the Friends make grants to the Forestry Commission for projects and activities across the site. Without our funding, there would be no nursery facilities or employees to deliver the conservation miracles that have made Bedgebury famous in recent years, and the Visitor Centre would be missing its stunning new atrium information boards, its disabled toilet, its woodchip boiler and the education room that is used for school visits and children’s activities. Without your contributions, several of the children’s play areas and cycle trails would be missing. In short, our work has enabled people to learn about, support, and connect with the trees in our Pinetum and forest in all sorts of ways!
Bedgebury is not run by the Forestry Commission for profit. Every penny Bedgebury receives in admission, trading income or from Friends’ grants is invested into vital conservation projects, the site’s recreation activities or visitor infrastructure. Friends’ fund-raising efforts are therefore making an important contribution to your Bedgebury experience.