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

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.