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

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.