Bedgebury is awesome!
Bedgebury is considered to be the largest and most complete collection of conifers in the world. But this does not mean it focusses just on conifers... the Pinetum 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 just 320 acres) can you marvel at over 12,000 trees across 1,800 species, many of which are rare or endangered or both, including:
- Examples of the tallest tree species in the world. Bedgebury has 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 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. Bedgebury has specimens of the Franklinia alatamaha; the last sighting of this tree in the wild was in 1803! There are also specimens of the Sicilian fir (Abies nebrodensis) of which only about 29 mature trees survive.
- 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 flung places.
This amazing tree collection is home to an equally interesting range of wildlife. Bedgebury’s beautiful landscape, made up of breathtaking views and extensive natural and man-made waterways, provides a unique and biodiverse environment. Artists, photographers, ecologists and naturalists are drawn by the rare flowers, plants, insects, amphibians and mammals that make this place their home.
Bedgebury is unique and the Friends of Bedgebury Pinetum want to keep it that way.
The Friends work to raise funds and promote tree-related conservation, engagement, research and learning at Bedgebury. We have funded Forestry Commission seed collecting trips all over the world, from the remote mountains of northern Vietnam to the giant redwood forests in California. These seeds are brought back to the UK where they can be grown on here at Bedgebury and, as a secondary precaution, stored in the Millennium Seed Bank. Every batch of seed is carefully scanned, x-rayed, tested for viability and pre-treated before sowing.
By supporting the Friends as a member, donating or leaving a legacy 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.