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

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.