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