Bedgebury National Pinetum

(National Pinetum and Forest Gardens)
From the main A21 crossroads at Flimwell , turn towards London,travel onto the dual carriageway, and turn right at the top of the hill near the Radio mast. The Pinetum is about 2 miles down the Goudhurst road.

Bedgebury Pinetum is the National Conifer Collection, and the finest collection of conifers in the world.

The area was originally planted by Viscount Marshall Beresford of Bedgebury, an officer of Wellington at Waterloo. The Pinetum was founded as a joint venture between the Forestry Commission and the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. The first plants were raised in Kew Gardens in 1921, and planted in Bedgebury in 1925 and 1926.

The pinetum is an all year round attraction :-

In Spring wildflowers, rhododendrons and azaleas give blazes of colour.

In Summer a picnic by the lake in the dappled shade under the giant specimens is a welcome relief from the hot sun.

In Autumn the forest has many colours, due to many recently planted autumn colouring plants.

Finally Winter, when many of the conifers are at their best.

Opening times:

for details phone (01580)-211044


Flimwell Cranbrook Goudhurst Kilndown Hawkhurst

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