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