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

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.