Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest

Bedgebury is home to Forestry England’s National Conifer Collection. The tree collection is internationally known for its beauty and the great diversity of species being utilised for research and conservation. Walking under canopies of tall trees at Bedgebury and beside streams and lakes is a great way to keep cool in summer. When the temperature rises you can cool down in the shade and breeze under tall mature trees, including redwoods rising to 35ft. The evaporating water from the surface of the lakes has a cooling effect too. It’s a welcome relief once the days get hotter, especially if you’re running. Grass pathways are much gentler on paws too.

Summer is marked by mowing, and at Bedgebury it’s an art form. Paths are mown to reveal hidden beauty spots and viewpoints. Areas between the paths are left to grow and self-seed. The long grass and wild flowers in these habitats support a huge variety of wildlife including birds, butterflies and bees.

Bedgebury Forest has miles of family cycling and mountain-biking, walking and running trails, as well as Go Ape tree top adventure, and an adventure play trail. Bring a picnic and buy a walking, cycling, or running map to explore. Discover the children’s play trail including the new Pine Cone play frame.  You may also find a Gruffalo!

Bedgebury is open every day of the year except Christmas Day and offers a beautiful place to relax in any season. You can take a break by the visitor centre lake and choose from a wide range of snacks or locally produced ice cream at the Bedgebury cafe.

Opening Times

Open seven days a week

8am to dusk

All year round


Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest is open every day except Christmas Day.

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