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

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.