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

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.