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