Bedgebury is awesome!
Bedgebury is one of the finest conifer collections in the world, but this does not mean it focusses just on conifers…. It boasts some of the rarest and most amazing trees on the planet, both evergreen and deciduous, in a carefully planted landscape that provides spectacular vistas throughout the year.
Where else, in quite a small area, (320 acres to be precise), can you marvel at:
- Examples of the tallest tree species in the world. We have a fabulous avenue of coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) which, in a couple of hundred years or so, will probably be the tallest trees in the South East.
- Fossil trees which were thought to have been extinct but have been rediscovered. The Pinetum has lovely examples of the dawn redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) and the Wollemi pine (Wollemia nobilis).
- Trees which are actually extinct or growing in very limited numbers in the wild. We have specimen of the Franklinia alatamaha; the last sighting of this tree in the wild was 1803! We also have specimens of the Sicilian fir (Abies nebrodensis) of which only about 29 mature trees survive in the wild.
- Tree species from around the world: beautiful eucalyptus from Australia, spiky monkey puzzle trees from Chile, Liquidambars (or sweet gums) with their stunning autumn colour from North America and the Far East and rare conifers from far too many different places to name them all. The Pinetum has over 12,000 trees across 1,800 species.
This amazing collection of trees is home to an equally interesting range of wildlife, a direct result of the mixed planting of conifer and deciduous trees. Bedgebury’s stunningly beautiful heritage landscape, made up of breath-taking views and extensive natural and man-made waterways, provides a unique and biodiverse environment not found elsewhere in the South East. It is a haven for observing and enjoying nature. Artists, photographers, ecologists and naturalists are drawn by the rare flowers, plants, insects, amphibians and mammals that make Bedgebury their home.
Bedgebury is unique and the Friends of Bedgebury Pinetum want to keep it that way.
Bedgebury Pinetum 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 of Bedgebury Pinetum is a charitable organisation that works to raise funds and promote tree-related conservation, engagement, research and learning at Bedgebury.
Bedgebury is not run for profit. When you visit Bedgebury, become a Friend, make purchases on site or take part in our events, you are directly supporting the Forestry Commission in its care of Bedgebury for people, trees and wildlife. Every penny of Friends’ and Forestry Commission income is invested back into the site for the maintenance and development of the tree collection as well as vital conservation projects, global seed-collecting trips, the site’s recreation facilities and visitor infrastructure.
By supporting the Friends, you are supporting Bedgebury’s tree collection and helping us to help other collections across the world through the sharing and dissemination of tree knowledge and expertise.