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

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.