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