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

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.