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

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.