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

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.