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

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.