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

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.