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