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

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.