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