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Lawson Cypress
Japanese Douglas Fir
Norway Spruce
Patagonian Cypress
Tiger Tail Spruce
Sitka Spruce
Coast Redwood
Stone Pine
Oriental Spruce
Chinese Fir
Montezuma Pine
Taiwania
Spanish Fir
Umbrella Pine
Western Hemlock
Noble Fir
Eastern Hemlock
Lots of cones
Norway Spruce
Leylandii
Juniper
Bhutan Pine
Giant Redwood
Western Himalayan Pine
Western Hemlock
Swamp Cypress & Dawn Redwood
Chinese fir
Lawson's Cypress
Dawn Cedar
Corsican Pine
Thuja
Scots Pine
Jeza Spruce
Leylandii
Jeffrey Pine
Monterey Cypress
Cedar of Lebanon
Incense Cedar
Sequoia
Maritime Pine
Larch
Incense Cedar
Japanese Red Cedar
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Carolina Hemlock
Monterey Pine
Oriental Pine
Sequoia
Big Cone Douglas Fir
Dunkeld Larch
Western Red Cedar
Nootka
Giant Redwood
Juniper
Deodar Cedar
Sitka Spruce
Douglas Fir
Brewers Spruce
Lawson Cypress
Japanese Douglas Fir
Norway Spruce
Patagonian Cypress
Tiger Tail Spruce
Sitka Spruce
Coast Redwood
Stone Pine
Oriental Spruce
Chinese Fir
Montezuma Pine
Taiwania
Spanish Fir
Umbrella Pine
Western Hemlock
Noble Fir

Conifers

We’ve always been lovers of traditional broadleaf woodland.  Most of the conifers we encountered were in plantations, where they’d been planted to produce timber in a short time frame.  Conifer plantations can seem sterile compared to a broadleaf woodland, with the floor devoid of anything other than needles and the odd wood ant colony.  Often trees fall over because they have a shallow root system.  Still, they can be a useful resource for our bushcraft (although we don’t have any in our ancient woodland), and make shelter building straightforward as well as firewood collection easy, but overall, we prefer broadleaf.

After a visit to Bedgebury Pinetum a few years back, and seeing conifers left to grow as they would in the wild, we changed our minds a little about them.  Some of the trees were stunning and looked nothing like their cousins in a plantation, for example the western hemlock was nothing like the ones we were familiar with from plantations such as Clowes Wood.  If you’re into facts and figures, conifers provide the record breakers as far as trees are concerned – the tallest, widest, heaviest, oldest trees are all species of conifer.

You can find loads of photos of our ancient broadleaf woodland, and of our courses, on our Facebook page.