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

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.