The National Pinetum at Bedgebury is one of the finest collections of conifers on one site in the world.
The 320 acre Pinetum contains over 12,000 trees and shrubs (including 1,800 different species) from across five continents, many of them rare and endangered.
As well as playing an important scientific role in international conservation, the National Pinetum is a beautiful and tranquil place to walk, picnic and enjoy nature away from the stresses of everyday life.
Map of the Pinetum
Please keep all dogs on leads and under control in the National Pinetum. Sorry, no cycles or horses in the Pinetum at any time.
Bedgebury celebrates tree conservation success!
Bedgebury have succeeded in germinating seeds they helped to collect from one of the world’s most critically endangered tree species.
It is the first time in nearly 30 years that anyone has succeeded in germinating seeds of the Japanese birch (Betula chichibuensis), a tree so rare that only 21 trees were recorded growing in the wild in 1993.
Full details can be found by reading the Forestry Commission press release here.
Bedgebury leads epic seed-collecting expedition along the Pacific Northwest coast of America
In September 2015, a team led by Bedgebury embarked on a three week collaborative seed collecting expedition along the whole of the Pacific Northwest (USA). Their goal was to gather wild seed from some of the tallest, largest and rarest trees on the planet. The expedtioin was also supported by the Friends of Bedgebury Pinetum and whilst collecting, they made a record of their journey. Find out more about the expedition here.
Why not discover the Pinetum for yourself by downloading our audio trail (ZIP, 12.4MB)? Right click on the link above and choose "Save Target As." The audio trail provides an introduction to the Pinetum and the tree collection. You can listen to former curator of the Pinetum, Chris Reynolds, as he shares his passion for the tree collection.
A Pinetum for all seasons
Each season offers different experiences and pleasures:
• Winter - a light dusting of snow or a sharp frost transforms the Pinetum into a winter wonderland.
• Spring - a kaleidoscope of azaleas, daffodils, rhododendrons and bluebells.
• Summer - the many giant specimens cast deep shadows and dappled shade, creating a cool oasis in the warmth of the sun.
• Autumn - the fiery leaves and brilliant berries are in sharp contrast to the background of rich green conifers.
The National Pinetum at Bedgebury and the National Arboretum at Westonbirt together form the National Arboreta, managed by the Forestry Commission.