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