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

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.