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