Dis­cover trees and feel good at the same time

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - What's On - - AUTUMN WALKS -

Bedge­bury Pine­tum – the Forestry Com­mis­sion site, near Goud­hurst – has a mix of de­cid­u­ous and conifer trees, with their con­trast­ing colours re­flect­ing in the lakes.

In cel­e­bra­tion of the sea­son, vis­i­tors can awaken their senses on an au­tumn trail around the tree col­lec­tion. The tree team have hand­picked 20 which look their finest.

On se­lected days, vis­i­tors can join a tour of the trail led by Bedge­bury staff.

Bedge­bury’s learn­ing man­ager Cath Weeks said: “A walk through our beau­ti­ful tree col­lec­tion pro­vides us with a fan­tas­tic way to boost our mood.

“Through our con­ser­va­tion work, Bedge­bury’s trees are mak­ing life bet­ter for our lo­cal wildlife and for conifers glob­ally. On our au­tumn trail vis­i­tors will have the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to find out more about our trees and feel good at the same time!”

Many of the trees in the Na­tional Pine­tum have been cho­sen for their form, colour or tex­ture, and some even their scent. Par­tic­u­larly strik­ing at this time of year are the dawn red­woods (metase­quoia glyp­tostroboides) and swamp cy­press (tax­odium dis­tichum) be­fore they drop their nee­dles for win­ter while the sweet gums (liq­uidambar styraci­flua) pro­duce a range of pur­ples, reds and yel­lows, and on a warm, sunny af­ter­noon you can smell the candy floss or caramel delights of the kat­sura tree (cer­cidi­phyl­lum japon­icum).

The trail starts from the vis­i­tor cen­tre, where you can pick up a ree guide.

For de­tails, and to find out the dates for the guided walks, which in­clude a small fee, visit forestry.gov.uk/ bedge­bury

The Friends of Bedge­bury Pine­tum also have guided fungi walks led by Bryan Bullen of the Kent Wildlife Trust and bird ring­ing walks and talks with Chris­tine Ge­orge. Go to bedge­buryp­ine­tum.org.uk

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