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Chinese fir
Lots of cones
Noble Fir
Norway Spruce
Coast Redwood
Douglas Fir
Giant Redwood
Taiwania
Dunkeld Larch
Incense Cedar
Larch
Jeffrey Pine
Lawson's Cypress
Sequoia
Sitka Spruce
Brewers Spruce
Cedar of Lebanon
Monterey Pine
Sitka Spruce
Tiger Tail Spruce
Juniper
Norway Spruce
Eastern Hemlock
Stone Pine
Lawson Cypress
Montezuma Pine
Oriental Pine
Bhutan Pine
Giant Redwood
Corsican Pine
Scots Pine
Western Hemlock
Maritime Pine
Leylandii
Chinese Fir
Sequoia
Western Hemlock
Thuja
Japanese Douglas Fir
Patagonian Cypress
Monterey Cypress
Incense Cedar
Nootka
Japanese Red Cedar
Spanish Fir
Swamp Cypress & Dawn Redwood
Western Himalayan Pine
Big Cone Douglas Fir
Umbrella Pine
Leylandii
Deodar Cedar
Oriental Spruce
Carolina Hemlock
Juniper
Dawn Cedar
Western Red Cedar
Jeza Spruce
Japanese Red Cedar (2).jpg
Chinese fir
Lots of cones
Noble Fir
Norway Spruce
Coast Redwood
Douglas Fir
Giant Redwood
Taiwania
Dunkeld Larch
Incense Cedar
Larch
Jeffrey Pine
Lawson's Cypress
Sequoia
Sitka Spruce

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.