Thanks to generous donations of time and money from several benefactors, Bedgebury National Pinetum has successfully carried out a £40,000 redevelopment of its propagation facilities. The National Pinetum, which is managed by the Forestry Commission and home to the world’s best collection of conifers, plays an important part in the worldwide conservation of rare and endangered species.
Gerald Williams OBE, Chairman of the Friends of Bedgebury Pinetum, comments:
“The refurbishment of the Bedgebury nursery will provide greatly improved facilities and conditions for producing quality plants for the Pinetum, using seed collected on our expeditions all around the world. The enhanced nursery will also be an invaluable resource for the newly-launched Bedgebury Conifer Conservation Project.”
The Friends of Bedgebury Pinetum facilitated the project, with substantial donations from Dulverton Trust, The Garfield Weston Foundation, CHK Charities, The ES Hogg Charitable Trust, The Tory Family Foundation, Felix Dennis, Keith Stewart and Kent County Council.
Improvements to the nursery include new sheds, beds and poly tunnels, more effective protection against wildlife and the elements, an improved irrigation system and refurbishment of existing buildings.
Chris Reynolds, curator of Bedgebury Pinetum comments:
“We have focussed on the most cost-effective use of the funding, with robustness and longevity as the priority. The end result has drawn positive comments from all our visitors to the nursery. I would like to express my thanks to the Friends and the other charities who have generously supported the project.”
Picture shows: Dan Luscombe, Bedgebury National Pinetum’s Assistant Curator at the refurbished Bedgebury nursery