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

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.