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

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.