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

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.