Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest

Visitor information

Come and explore our wonderful world of trees

Bedgebury is an award winning visitor attraction with something for everyone. Open all year, Bedgebury is the perfect place for healthy outdoor activity.

The National Pinetum is home to a world-leading collection of conifers and contains over 12,000 specimen trees. The trees and landscape create a beautiful setting for peaceful walks and picnics in the rolling hills and valleys of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Bedgebury National Pinetum is awe-inspiring for tree lovers looking to learn about tree species of international conservation importance and see them up close!

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Bedgebury Forest  has miles of trails for family cycling and mountain-biking, walking, and running. Enjoy climbing, jumping, sliding and swinging on the Play Trail with a range of play areas for different ages or explore the canopy on a Go Ape tree top adventure or tree top challengeThe Bedgebury cafe at the visitor centre has wonderful views of the pinetum and is set beside one of many lakes. You may also find Gruffalo and friends hiding at Bedgebury Pinetum!

At a glance

Bedgebury cafe is open for hot and cold drinks and snacks. The café is undergoing some changes so watch this space for the full launch in Spring 2024.
03/02/2024 08:00
20/12/2023 08:00
Bedgebury National Pinetum - Marshal's lake autumn colour

Conifers at Bedgebury National Pinetum

Our special tree collection includes conifers from around the world and is breathtaking in its size and grandeur. Bedgebury is important on a global scale for species conservation, scientific advancement and the understanding of conifers. You can search our living library of trees using the interactive Pinetum Explorer map.

What's on

Forest event
Friday 1 March
10am to 12pm and 2pm to 4pm
Education room at the Visitor centre

The South East Restoration Project is a collaborative project with Forestry England, Kent Wildlife Trust, Wildwood Trust, Sussex Wildlife Trust and Ashdown Forest, which is exploring the potential return of a native species to the High Weald.

Join us for a local discussion to hear your valuable views and opinions as part of a focus group.

There is a morning and afternoon session available. Please only book onto one of these time slots.

We want to include as many voices as possible - your insights will be key to shaping the developing project.

Forest event
Saturday 16 March
10am to 12pm & 2pm to 4pm
Education room at the Visitor centre

The South East Restoration Project is a collaborative project with Kent Wildlife Trust, Wildwood Trust, Sussex Wildlife Trust, Ashdown Forest and Forestry England, which is exploring the potential return of a native species to the High Weald.

Join us for a local discussion to hear your valuable views and opinions as part of a focus group.

There is a morning and afternoon session available. Please only book onto one of these time slots.

We want to include as many voices as possible - your insights will be key to shaping the developing project.

Forest event
September - November 2024
10am to 5.30pm
Old Walled Garden - Kent High Weald Partnership
Take your passion for outdoor learning to the next level 

Enrol on to a Bright Sparks Level 3 Forest School Practitioner training course to enable you to lead your own forest school programme. 

Kent High Weald Partnership are able to offer you Ofqual Forest School training at our permanent Forest School site within Bedgebury National Pinetum.

The courses run for 8 days across a number of weeks from September 2024 followed by 1 day in February 2025.

For all information and how to book, please visit the Kent High Weald Partnership website

Forest event
Sunday 27 October
9am

The Bedgebury Forest Half Marathon & 10k run returns on the undulating forest paths and trails in and around Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest.

Novice and experienced runners welcome.  Medals for all finishers and prizes for age groups.

Our cycle trails offer something for everyone, from beginners and families looking for a fun day out, to adrenalin junkies looking for a challenge.

Follow our 9km family cycle trail using shared use forest road or 13km of single-track for mountain-biking, there's lots to explore around this 2000 acre forest. See the links below for the different cycling activities and trails available at Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest.

We welcome all 'electrically assisted pedal cycles’ (EAPCs) but any electric bike that does not meet the EAPC guidelines along with motocross bikes, quads and scooters are not permitted.

Each week Bedgebury hosts a range of different fitness and wellbeing activities.

Relaxing and rejuvenating sessions give beginners a helping hand and offer guidance and coaching for those with more experience; simply take your pick.

 

The Gruffalo is celebrating his 25th birthday and to celebrate, everyone is invited to take part in a brand-new forest adventure.

What to expect

The interactive family trail features all sorts of party-themed activities and games, along with fun facts to teach you about life in the forest for the Gruffalo and other creatures.

Follow the trail to help find the missing party items to give the Gruffalo a birthday to remember. Search for balloons, pine cones, apples and the Gruffalo himself, and complete fun activities and rubbings as you go along.

Get the party started with a Gruffalo Party Trail pack

Pick up your pack for just £4 from the Information point, packed with fun things to do on your party adventure.

Inside you’ll find:

kraft bag to colour in party headband to wear party trail activity leaflet stickers pencil and crayon keepsake sew-on Gruffalo Party patch

Share your party fun using the #GruffaloTrail hashtag.

The Gruffalo © 1999 & TM Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler. Licensed by Magic Light Pictures Ltd.

Set out on a voyage of discovery in the forest 

Follow in the footsteps of the historic plant hunters on the natural play trail. Discover the Shipwreck; keep your balance on the Giant Rope Swing; or walk the plank at the Trading Post!

Have you found Conifer Crossing? It's our most recent new addition including slides, rope bridges and swings.

Shipwreck (including Trading Post)  Spider's Web  Butterfly  Adventure Trail  Dragonfly  Pine Cone  Ants' Nest  Rope Swing Puzzle Forest  Conifer Crossing  Trail of the Lonesome Pine NEW

Pick up a map of the Play Trail on arrival or take a picture of the map in the car park. The play areas are shown on the Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest map, which is available for £2 at the Information Point. 

Please take care of yourself and those in your care.

Our work

A view across a lake with lilypads, a bridge and scarlet red autumn colour

Our work

Bedgebury National Pinetum is home to the largest conifer collection in the world and is important on a global scale for species conservation, scientific advancement and the understanding of conifers. Open all year round, Bedgebury is awe-inspiring for tree lovers as well as a beautiful setting for peaceful walks, and picnics around the rolling hills, valleys, and lakes.

Our history

A bench surrounded by trees and a view across a valley

Our history

Discover Bedgebury's history and learn about the first curator and world-renowned expert on conifers, William Dallimore who developed the internationally important collection of conifers and stunning vistas we see today. Established in 1925, Bedgebury Pinetum is the result of a partnership between the Forestry Commission and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
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