Bedgebury National Pinetum

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Address and contact details
Cranbrook, Near Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SL
Tel: 01580 211044
Web site:
Latitude: 51° 04' 28" N
Longitude: 0° 27' 30" E
Background to the collection
Year founded:1925
Ownership:Forestry Commission
Garden code:BEDGE
Umbrella organisation:PlantNetwork, Botanic Gardens Conservation International, Forestry Commission, National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens
Collections Manager: Dan Luscombe
Contact person: Dan Luscombe
Total Staff:6
Total Horticultural Staff:1
Physical environment
Altitude:80-150 m
Soil type:Tunbridge Wells sands, silty and very acidic, phosphorous poor
Total area:130 ha
Other sites of collection:Alice Holt Research Station
Westonbirt, the National Arboretum
Weather recordsRecords are kept and can be supplied if requested
Direction:South and west
Average annual:800 mm
Month of maximum:January
Month of minimum:August
Plant collection
Notable plants within the collection:
Champion trees: × Cupressocyparis leylandii tallest in UK Chamaecyparis thyoides and Taiwania cryptomerioides
Geographical area(s) of specialisation:
Special families within the collections:
Araucariaceae, Cephalotaxaceae, Cupressaceae, Pinaceae, Podocarpaceae, Sciadopityaceae, Taxaceae, Taxodiaceae
Special genera within the collections:
Taxus, Chamaecyparis, Cupressocyparis
Special collections:
Chamaecyparis lawsoniana cultivars, NCCPG
Taxus, NCCPG
Juniperus, NCCPG
Record Keeping:Kept since 1982
Record System:IrisBG
Phenological records:Newly planted 2009
Plant-collecting trips:International and national
Facilities on site
Library:Conifer and Woody plants
Research facilities:No
Identifications:Only for other gardens
Teaching and Education:Primary, secondary, public education
Interpretation:Supervised garden walks, signs, brochures, guided trails, lectures
Friends Organisation:Yes visit friends website:
Visitor facilities:Restaurant, Cycle hire
Access to the collections
Public access:Admission charge
Visitors per year:300,000
Public opening hours:Mon-Sun: 8am-8pm, with seasonal differences
Guiding principles behind the collection
The collection is owned and managed by the Forestry Commission as the nation's living reference collection of hardy conifers, some 2200 taxa.
Location map

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