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

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.