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

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.