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

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.