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

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.