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

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.