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Brief description of site

The National Pinetum at Bedgebury was established as the National Conifer Collection in 1925. It is now recognised as the most complete collection of conifers on one site anywhere in the world. The collection has over 10,000 trees specimens growing across 320 acres (129 hectares); including rare, endangered and historically important specimens. The Pinetum is home to some 91 vulnerable or critically endangered species and five NCCPG National Collections (Yew, Juniper, Thuja, Lawson Cypress and Leyland Cypress) and contains some of the oldest and largest examples of conifers in Britain.

Brief history of site

Bedgebury was owned by Viscount Beresford and his family from 1836 to 1890 and the oldest conifers in the present collection, around Marshall's Lake, were planted during this period. After the division of the estate in 1919, the Forestry Commission began to plan and plant the site in association with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, following aesthetic principles with the aim of creating a National Pinetum containing the most comprehensive collection of conifers in the temperate world. The work was carried out in the late 1920s under the direction of W Dallimore and W Castle of Kew who laid out a series of broad formal avenues and linking walks.

Location information:

Address: Goudhurst, TN17 2SL

Locality: Cranbrook

Local Authorities:

Kent; Tunbridge Wells; Goudhurst

Historical County: Kent

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 188 Grid Ref: TQ723338
Latitude: 51.0776 Longitude: 0.458297

Directions:

The site is 3 miles south of Goudhurst and 2 miles north of Flimwell off the B2079.

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Key information:

Form of site: managed woodland

Purpose of site: pinetum

Plant type/environment: arboretum

Site first created: After 1836

Main period of development: Early 20th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 129

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