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