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

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.