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

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.