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

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.