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