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

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.