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

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.