Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest is holding a major Forest Discovery Day on Sunday 11th September, as part of the Forestry Commission’s national celebration of UN International Year of Forests. As well as creating a fun day out for everyone, this is a chance to show how trees, woods and forests play a vital role in everyone’s life.

The day will include working horses, arboriculture, archery, cycle coaching, children’s activities, guided walks, den building, axe demonstrations, archery, Go Ape, Nordic walking and refreshments – as well as lots of other activities for visitors of all ages and abilities. At 2pm all round the country there will be a record-breaking national tree hug.

It is also the 5th anniversary of the very successful Bedgebury Project, which has seen Bedgebury grow into an award-winning and much-loved local recreational and educational resource for South East England. In addition, the Bedgebury Discovery Pass will be launched as an extra benefit of Friends of Bedgebury annual membership.

Visitors who sign up online at could win free parking vouchers for the day. More details of the day are at or 01580 879820.