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Incense Cedar
Western Hemlock
Western Hemlock
Patagonian Cypress
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Dawn Cedar
Big Cone Douglas Fir
Lawson's Cypress
Western Himalayan Pine
Leylandii
Sitka Spruce
Montezuma Pine
Jeffrey Pine
Norway Spruce
Chinese Fir
Sequoia
Western Red Cedar
Norway Spruce
Chinese fir
Japanese Douglas Fir
Monterey Cypress
Lots of cones
Eastern Hemlock
Swamp Cypress & Dawn Redwood
Dunkeld Larch
Stone Pine
Taiwania
Larch
Juniper
Douglas Fir
Noble Fir
Brewers Spruce
Monterey Pine
Juniper
Lawson Cypress
Giant Redwood
Scots Pine
Nootka
Giant Redwood
Cedar of Lebanon
Deodar Cedar
Sequoia
Japanese Red Cedar
Jeza Spruce
Maritime Pine
Oriental Pine
Coast Redwood
Carolina Hemlock
Spanish Fir
Thuja
Incense Cedar
Sitka Spruce
Oriental Spruce
Corsican Pine
Tiger Tail Spruce
Leylandii
Umbrella Pine
Bhutan Pine
Incense Cedar
Western Hemlock
Western Hemlock
Patagonian Cypress
Japanese Red Cedar (2).jpg
Dawn Cedar
Big Cone Douglas Fir
Lawson's Cypress
Western Himalayan Pine
Leylandii
Sitka Spruce
Montezuma Pine
Jeffrey Pine
Norway Spruce
Chinese Fir
Sequoia

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.