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

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.