There are very few cultivated ground-dwelling flowers planted in the Pinetum with the exception of daffodils, a few crocuses and snowdrops. However, we have a profusion of wildflowers, including carpets of common spotted orchids (pictured left), knapweed and buttercups. Come early in the season for masses of bluebells or late for blooming devil's-bit scabious. The variety of habitats and mowing regimes means there is a diverse collection of wild flora within the Pinetum. Some of the more elusive orchids at Bedgebury include broad leaved helliborine, common twayblade and bee orchid. Another interesting species that can be found in the Pinetum is euphrasia anglica - one of the UK's handful of endemic plants believed to be both nationally and locally rare. The lemon-scented fern, a typical western species, grows on the banks and dodder (pictured above) parasitises the heather. There are also many flowering trees on site including several mature English oaks over 400 years old. Overall, the Pinetum and forest harbours a wide range of native floral diversity. Combine this with an internationally important collection of conifers and it's easy to see how uniquely special Bedgebury is.
Read our Wildflower Blog to find out more about the wildflowers at Bedgebury.
Click here to read more about wildflower specialties at Bedgebury in an article by Sue Buckingham.