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