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Ash
Ash
Beech bud
Beech bud
Birch bud
Birch bud
Blackthorn & Sloes
Blackthorn & Sloes
Cherry
Cherry
Dogwood
Dogwood
Guelder Rose
Guelder Rose
Hawthorn bud
Hawthorn bud
Hazel
Hazel
Hornbeam
Hornbeam
Oak bud
Oak bud
Oak
Oak
Rowan bud
Rowan bud
Sea Buckthorn
Sea Buckthorn
Silver Birch
Silver Birch
Small Leaved Lime bud
Small Leaved Lime bud
Alder bud
Alder bud
Ash bud
Ash bud
Beech
Beech
Birch bark
Birch bark
Blackthorn flower
Blackthorn flower
Cherry bud
Cherry bud
Elder
Elder
Field Maple
Field Maple
Hawthorn
Hawthorn
Hazel in flower
Hazel in flower
Horse Chestnut bud
Horse Chestnut bud
Rowan
Rowan
Sweet Chestnut
Sweet Chestnut
Sycamore
Sycamore
Wayfaring Tree bud
Wayfaring Tree bud
Wayfaring Tree
Wayfaring Tree
Whitebeam bud
Whitebeam bud
Elder
Elder
Field Maple
Field Maple
Hazel
Hazel
Hornbeam
Hornbeam
Sweet Chestnut
Sweet Chestnut
Sycamore
Sycamore
Alder leaf opening
Alder leaf opening
Ash flower
Ash flower
Cherry blossom
Cherry blossom
Holly
Holly
Poplar
Poplar
Sycamore in spring
Sycamore in spring
Crab Apple
Crab Apple
Rowan in flower
Rowan in flower
Lime leaves
Lime leaves
Alder catkin
Alder catkin
Crab Apple
Crab Apple
Elderberries
Elderberries
Haws
Haws
Hazel nuts
Hazel nuts
Oak acorns
Oak acorns
Plum
Plum
Rowan berries
Rowan berries
Walnut
Walnut
Whitebeam
Whitebeam
Whitebeam
Whitebeam
Spindle
Spindle
Sweet Chestnut leaf
Sweet Chestnut leaf
Alder buds
Alder buds
Ash buds
Ash buds
Birch buds
Birch buds
Blackthorn buds
Blackthorn buds
Dogwood buds
Dogwood buds
Elder buds
Elder buds
Field maple buds
Field maple buds
Goat willow buds
Goat willow buds
Hawthorn buds
Hawthorn buds
Hazel flowers
Hazel flowers
Hornbeam buds (
Hornbeam buds (
Lime buds
Lime buds
Norway maple buds
Norway maple buds
Oak buds
Oak buds
Sweet chestnut buds
Sweet chestnut buds
Sycamore buds
Sycamore buds
Wayfaring Tree bud
Wayfaring Tree bud
Whitebeam buds
Whitebeam buds
Wild cherry buds
Wild cherry buds

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.