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

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.