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