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