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

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.