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Oriental Pine
Lawson Cypress
Brewers Spruce
Carolina Hemlock
Jeffrey Pine
Eastern Hemlock
Leylandii
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Taiwania
Monterey Cypress
Tiger Tail Spruce
Juniper
Dawn Cedar
Bhutan Pine
Swamp Cypress & Dawn Redwood
Norway Spruce
Japanese Red Cedar
Incense Cedar
Chinese Fir
Patagonian Cypress
Western Hemlock
Western Red Cedar
Juniper
Lots of cones
Corsican Pine
Deodar Cedar
Monterey Pine
Chinese fir
Sequoia
Spanish Fir
Japanese Douglas Fir
Sequoia
Giant Redwood
Stone Pine
Western Hemlock
Coast Redwood
Giant Redwood
Lawson's Cypress
Sitka Spruce
Noble Fir
Jeza Spruce
Nootka
Douglas Fir
Western Himalayan Pine
Scots Pine
Maritime Pine
Larch
Incense Cedar
Dunkeld Larch
Umbrella Pine
Montezuma Pine
Oriental Spruce
Cedar of Lebanon
Sitka Spruce
Thuja
Big Cone Douglas Fir
Norway Spruce
Leylandii
Oriental Pine
Lawson Cypress
Brewers Spruce
Carolina Hemlock
Jeffrey Pine
Eastern Hemlock
Leylandii
Japanese Red Cedar (2).jpg
Taiwania
Monterey Cypress
Tiger Tail Spruce
Juniper
Dawn Cedar
Bhutan Pine
Swamp Cypress & Dawn Redwood
Norway 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.