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