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

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.