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