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Seasonal Trail

Bedgebury's Seasonal Trails

Follow our regular seasonal trail around the Pinetum. The trails change with each new season and each one focuses on a new subject that gets you closer to the trees and brings alive the important conservation work that we carry out right in the heart of our outstanding conifer collection.

 Bedgebury Pinetum

Image David Jenner Photography ©2015

Bedgebury Summer trail 2017

For this trail, we have chosen to tell you about how we look after our wonderful tree collection for people, wildlife and trees. The route consists of 8 stops, is relatively flat apart from one steepish slope up, and a gentle downhill slope, and will take just over an hour to follow at a leisurely pace.

Looking after the pinetum for the benefit of people, wildlife and trees is a delicate balance, and takes skill and vision. So, this trail takes you on a new route and will explain the thinking behind a lot of the things we do in our bid to care for the pinetum and all that lives or visits here.

Summer provides an opportunity to encourage people to venture off the paths and explore new areas of the pinetum, so for this trail, one section is ‘off road’ and therefore a little bumpier than our usual surfaced paths. If you think this is a step too far, it is possible to miss this section, whilst still enjoying the rest of the trail.  

BEE ON SCABIOUS FLOWER. BEDGEBURY PINETUM DigitalStarting from the visitor centre, the trail is available every day until the middle of September. Pick up a FREE accompanying Summer Guide  (including a trail map) from the Information Office.  Standard admissions fees apply, and the trail is free.

Many of our visitors tell us that they come to the Pinetum to enjoy the peace and quiet, and simply, because they enjoy being here, so we hope that you will take a moment to enjoy the views along the way.

Bedgebury Autumn trail 2017

The contrast of stunning colours provided by the mix of deciduous and conifer trees against bright autumn skies creates wonderful reflections on the lakes in the beautiful and unique landscape of the Pinetum.

As well as playing an important scientific role in international conservation, many of the trees in the National Pinetum have been chosen for their form, colour or texture, and sometimes even their scent. With shades of red, chestnut, ochre and copper on view, visitors to Bedgebury Pinetum can enjoy a feast of autumn colour.

Launching in mid-September, our Autumn trail will showcase 20 trees in the Pinetum that Bedgebury’s tree team have handpicked for looking particularly good throughout the season. The trail will start from the visitor centre, where an accompanying free guide can be collected.

On selected days throughout September and October, and for a small fee, there will also be an opportunity to join one of a series of bookable led walks based around the autumn seasonal trail, with members of the Bedgebury team leading. Further details will be available on our events pages nearer the time.


Last updated: 8th August 2017


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