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

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.