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

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.