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