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

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.