balloon What are conifers and why are they important? Conifers are a group of ancient trees that include cedar, yew, fir, cypress, juniper and larch. There are approximately 810 species of conifer growing around the world and they make up almost 40% of the planet’s forest cover. This small group of plants plays a critical role in the health of the planet. Some of these trees are incredibly rare, mainly as a result of over-exploitation and forest clearance. 

Find out more about this ancient species and Bedgebury's key conservation successes as it works to protect and preserve conifers through research and Friends-sponsored seed collecting trips around the world.