Discover trees and feel good at the same time
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