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