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