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

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.