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