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