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

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.