Who are the Friends of Bedgebury Pinetum and what do we do?
The Friends of Bedgebury Pinetum is a charity that was formed in 1993 by a group of volunteers passionate about the Pinetum. We support and 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 worldwide and producing many conservation firsts in the plant world.
We now have more than 5,000 members who value everything about Bedgebury, not just the Pinetum. Did you know that annual membership allows free entry for the lead member to other botanic gardens too, such as Kew and Westonbirt? These aren't the only benefits of Friends' membership!
Each year, the Friends offer grants to the Forestry Commission for projects and activities across the site. Without our funding, there would be no nursery to grow seeds from Bedgebury's seed-collecting trips, the Visitor Centre would be missing its atrium information boards, accessible toilet, 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 Pinetum and forest in all sorts of ways!
Bedgebury is a not-for-profit site. The money we receive is invested into vital conservation projects, the site’s recreation activities or visitor infrastructure. Friends’ fundraising efforts are therefore making an important contribution to your Bedgebury experience.