The Pinetum was established as the National Conifer Collection in 1925 and now has the most complete collection of conifers on one site anywhere in the world.
The collection has over 10,000 tree specimens growing in 320 acres, including rare, historically important and endangered trees and is home to some 56 vulnerable or critically endangered species and five NCCPG National Collections. It contains some of the oldest and largest examples of conifers in Britain. The Pinetum enjoys historic links with gardens at Kew and Wakehurst.
Owned and managed by the Forestry Commission, its 6,241 specimens, comprising about 60% of the 520 conifer species that grow in the temperate world, are set in 320 acres of parkland surrounded by the 2,600 acre Bedgebury Forest. Each tree is treated as an individual with its history documented. Of the 6,241 or so trees there are 2,100 species of conifer and cultivars.
Bedgebury now has over 10km of newly surfaced family cycle track round the 2000 acre forest, over 12km of single-track mountain biking and a Professionally designed 'Freeride' area with challenging jumps and stunts to test your ability and skill. There are also family cycling routes through the beautiful woodlands and forest. You can hire a bike or bring your own, purchase and repair - including bicycles for the disabled. Showers for both riders and their bikes are here too.
Bedgebury now has new all-ability scenic walking routes promoting healthy living, including challenging health walks and calorie mapped trails, plus professionally-endorsed orienteering routes.
Horse riders with TROT permits will find new dedicated way-marked trails linking with existing bridlepaths, creating a network of horse-friendly routes around the forest. They will also benefit from a trail map, a secure and exclusive box park and a designated picnic area. For more information please call TROT on 01622 735599. (Please note that no horses are allowed in the National Pinetum).
Opening Hours (please check before visiting)
May - August 8am - 8pm
September 8am - 7pm
October 8am - 6pm
November 8am - 5pm
December 8am - 4pm
Bedgebury is located on the B2079 from Goudhurst and is signposted from the A21 before reaching Flimwell. Tunbridge Wells is the nearest largest town and is approx 10 miles distant and signposted from the A21.
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Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015