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