Fundraising Family Cycle Ride Event in Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest

Date: TBC in 2019


We had an amazing time at our first cycle fundraising event on the 29th September 2018 and we raised an incredible £1130! We haven’t got a date for next years event but we will let you know as soon as possible.

The event is aimed to support our educational work in Malawi and to help promote the “Save Our Cedar” project.

Starfish Malawi work among 40 schools in Malawi and in the UK to help in the children’s education on environmental issues raising their awareness of global environmental concerns, such as deforestation. We hope to further the education of children on these important issues. Starfish also facilitate the building of classrooms and the provision of resources to primary schools in Malawi.

Starfish is proud to have teamed up with Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest for their ‘Save Our Cedar’ project which aims to help save the critically endangered Mulanje Cedar, Malawi’s national tree. Activities were run in partnership with Starfish Malawi, Bedgebury and Botanical Gardens Conservation International (BGCI).

In 2017 Starfish brought primary school children from 4 schools, Etchingham, Bodiam, Sandhurst and Goudhurst to Bedgebury to learn about the plight of this tree, before visiting the nursery where they planted wild-collected seeds from the trees. These have now grown into saplings.

The workshops were enjoyed so much by both children and teachers that we teamed up with Bedgebury again to run similar workshops in April 2018, to show children how much the trees planted last year have grown. Children from across four schools will be attending: Downe, Sandhurst, Lamberhurst and Goudhurst.

We hope that by getting the children practically involved with this project will inspire them to engage with these important environmental issues as global citizens in the future.

By joining us for our family cycle ride you can make a difference, through the funds you raise, to the lives of the children in Malawi and to help raise the awareness of the plight of the Mulanje Cedar.

To view our flyer from our last event, please click here.

If you are not able to join us on the day but would be able to support our environmental education programme, please visit our Just Giving page at:


Please come and join us!

This scenic cycle trail is suitable for all abilities. 

There are two options, both hard surfaced:

1. The 9km trail, for experienced cyclists. (Mainly gentle gradients and some steeper inclines)

2. The 4km family short cycle trail, ideal for young children and less experienced cyclists.

To register to cycle and to obtain your sponsorship form and information, please email Esther Barnes, Administrator at

We need the name, address and contact details for each adult cyclist. (Only the names of accompanied children are required)

Pre-booked bike hire is available at a cost. Details upon registration.