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

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.