What Bedgebury is really all about...

Over the last few years, various aspects of the tree conservation work of Bedgebury Pinetum, home of the National Conifer Collection, have been showcased in the Friends' magazines.

Through the links on this page, you can re-read some of these articles to find out more about tree conservation at Bedgebury, the horticultural expertise of the Bedgebury team, the Pinetum's trees and the role of the Friends in supporting this work.   

The Pinetum and its trees...

Even though Bedgebury's tree collection is the National Pinetum, the nation's collection of conifer trees, 30% of the Pinetum's trees are broadleaf species. When combined with the Pinetum's topography, hydrology and geology, the result is a unique and stunning landscape rich in flora and fauna.

“Consider the shape or silhouette of some of Bedgebury’s key tree species: oak, monkey puzzle, hemlock, Scots pine or Lawson cypress. The shape of each is so distinctive that you need no further clues for its identification. Planted with thought, Bedgebury’s spectacular trees are the structural elements that give the Pinetum landscape its well-recognised views and vistas. You know exactly where you are from these shapes alone. However, with colour and texture layered on from their bark, leaves, fruits and cones, and with the seasons to deliver ever-changing variety, every Pinetum scene is as beautiful as it is distinctive because of the shape of the trees.”  Dan Luscombe, Collection Manager

Click here to find out more about the trees and grasslands of Bedgebury.   

Bedgebury's role globally in collecting, growing, preserving and conserving rare tree species...

Conserving and growing seeds collected from rare or endangered trees in their native ranges helps to preserve the diversity and resilience of the species. Since its inception in 1993, the Friends of Bedgebury Pinetum has supported, in resource or finance, or both, numerous seed-collecting expeditions across the globe.

Click here to read about some of the expeditions that Bedgebury has been involved in, and click here to understand better the work Bedgebury does with other well-known conservation organisations to conserve and preserve special trees in situ (in the native range) and ex situ (in places like Bedgebury).

Bedgebury's tree science expertise...

It is the specialist knowledge that we have developed in collecting the seeds, germinating and nurturing the seedlings and establishing them in the Pinetum that has gained us the reputation of being experts in conifer collection." Dan Luscombe, Collection Manager

Click here to read about the scientific research taking place at Bedgebury.