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