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