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Dyer's Greenweed
Dyer's Greenweed
Lesser Celandine
Lesser Celandine
Burdock
Burdock
Charlock
Charlock
Yellow Archangel
Yellow Archangel
Bog myrtle
Bog myrtle
Pyrimidal Orchid
Pyrimidal Orchid
Great Willow Herb
Great Willow Herb
Early Purple Orchid
Early Purple Orchid
Wood anemone
Wood anemone
Hairy Violet
Hairy Violet
Cuckoo Flower
Cuckoo Flower
Chickweed
Chickweed
White Dead Nettle
White Dead Nettle
Fox Glove
Fox Glove
Hemp Agrimony
Hemp Agrimony
Greater Burdock
Greater Burdock
Broom
Broom
St John's Wort
St John's Wort
Pignut
Pignut
Bee Orchid
Bee Orchid
Common Centaury
Common Centaury
Green Alkanet
Green Alkanet
Seaside Centaury
Seaside Centaury
Primrose
Primrose
Dog Violet
Dog Violet
Tormentil
Tormentil
Bramble
Bramble
Mullein
Mullein
Knapp Weed and Butterfly
Knapp Weed and Butterfly
Pendulous Sedge
Pendulous Sedge
Gorse
Gorse
Hemlock
Hemlock
Dove's Foot Crane's Bill
Dove's Foot Crane's Bill
Germander Speedwell
Germander Speedwell
Giant Hog Weed
Giant Hog Weed
Betany
Betany
Wavy Bitter Cress
Wavy Bitter Cress
Ground elder
Ground elder
Lesser Periwinkle
Lesser Periwinkle
Hairy Bitter Cress
Hairy Bitter Cress
Harebell
Harebell
Hemlock Water Dropwort
Hemlock Water Dropwort
Cowslip
Cowslip
Split Leaved Crane's Bill
Split Leaved Crane's Bill
Knapp Weed
Knapp Weed
Ground Ivy
Ground Ivy
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Lesser Celandine
Lesser Celandine
Hedge Bind Weed
Hedge Bind Weed
Oxeye Daisy
Oxeye Daisy
Wild Thyme
Wild Thyme
Creeping Buttercup
Creeping Buttercup
Water Mint
Water Mint
Common Spotted Orchid
Common Spotted Orchid
Bluebell
Bluebell
Scabious
Scabious
Early Purple Orchid
Early Purple Orchid
Golden Saxifrage
Golden Saxifrage
Fleabane
Fleabane
Common Field Speedwell
Common Field Speedwell
Wild Clary
Wild Clary
Hairy Bitter Cress
Hairy Bitter Cress
Herb Robert
Herb Robert
Red Campion
Red Campion
Thistle
Thistle
Common Ragwort
Common Ragwort
Nettles
Nettles
Common Milkwort
Common Milkwort
Ramson
Ramson
Wood Anemone
Wood Anemone
Wild Pansy
Wild Pansy
Nettles
Nettles
Wood Sage
Wood Sage
Yellow Rattle
Yellow Rattle
Eyebright
Eyebright
Milk Thistle
Milk Thistle
Winter Cress
Winter Cress
Nettle Leaf Bellflower
Nettle Leaf Bellflower
Barren Strawberry
Barren Strawberry
Lesser Celandine
Lesser Celandine
Rosebay Willowherb
Rosebay Willowherb
Dandelion
Dandelion
Lord's and Ladies
Lord's and Ladies
Daisy
Daisy
Wood Spurge
Wood Spurge
Kidney Vetch
Kidney Vetch
Common Mallow
Common Mallow
Enchanter's Nightshade
Enchanter's Nightshade
Meadow Buttercup
Meadow Buttercup
Cow Parsley Flower
Cow Parsley Flower
Common Vetch
Common Vetch
Wall Rocket
Wall Rocket
Yarrow
Yarrow
Wild Redcurrant
Wild Redcurrant
Ragged Robin
Ragged Robin
Bladder Campion
Bladder Campion
Wild Cabbage
Wild Cabbage
Knapp Weed and Butterfly
Knapp Weed and Butterfly
Shepherd's Purse
Shepherd's Purse
Indian Balsam
Indian Balsam
Lemon Balm
Lemon Balm
Hedge Mustard
Hedge Mustard
Green Helborine
Green Helborine
Fever Few
Fever Few
Heather
Heather
Lords & Ladies
Lords & Ladies
Bitter Sweet
Bitter Sweet
Cleavers
Cleavers
Self Heal
Self Heal
Green Field Speedwell
Green Field Speedwell
Red Clover
Red Clover
Field Bind Weed
Field Bind Weed
Salad Burnett
Salad Burnett
Lesser Stitchwort
Lesser Stitchwort
Tutsan
Tutsan
Early Purple Orchid
Early Purple Orchid
Bistort
Bistort
Sea Beet
Sea Beet
Sun Spurge
Sun Spurge
Upright Hedge Parsley
Upright Hedge Parsley
Common Restharrow
Common Restharrow
Agrimony
Agrimony
Grass Vetchling
Grass Vetchling
Yellow Pimpernell
Yellow Pimpernell
Nipplewort
Nipplewort
Knapp Weed and Bug
Knapp Weed and Bug
Scarlet Pimpernel
Scarlet Pimpernel
Honeysuckle
Honeysuckle
Common Comfrey
Common Comfrey
Wild Basil
Wild Basil
Horse Tail
Horse Tail
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Cats Ear
Cats Ear
Crown Vetch
Crown Vetch
Wood Speedwell
Wood Speedwell
Yarrow
Yarrow
Summer Snowflake
Summer Snowflake
Wood Sorrel
Wood Sorrel
Bracken
Bracken
Forget Me Not
Forget Me Not
Buttercup
Buttercup
Colt's Foot
Colt's Foot
Chickory
Chickory
Wood Anemone
Wood Anemone
Yarrow
Yarrow
Ground Ivy
Ground Ivy
Heath Speedwell
Heath Speedwell
Fuscia
Fuscia
Sweet Violet
Sweet Violet
Zigzag Clover
Zigzag Clover
Garlic Mustard (Jack of the Hedge)
Garlic Mustard (Jack of the Hedge)
Purple Losestrife
Purple Losestrife
Early Purple Orchid
Early Purple Orchid
Twayblade
Twayblade
Hawkbit
Hawkbit
Deadly Nightshade
Deadly Nightshade
Russian Comfrey
Russian Comfrey
Pig Nut
Pig Nut
Dog's Mercury
Dog's Mercury
Herb Bennett
Herb Bennett
Common Birds Foot Trefoil
Common Birds Foot Trefoil
Silver Weed
Silver Weed
Cow Parsley
Cow Parsley
Hogweed
Hogweed
Bugle
Bugle
Cuckoo flower
Cuckoo flower
Red Dead Nettle
Red Dead Nettle
Black Mustard
Black Mustard
Meadow Vetchling
Meadow Vetchling
Rose Bay Willow Herb
Rose Bay Willow Herb
Red Vervain
Red Vervain
Hedge Woundwort
Hedge Woundwort
Borage
Borage
Grey Field Speedwell
Grey Field Speedwell
Rock Sea Lavender
Rock Sea Lavender
Small Balsam
Small Balsam
Sea Purslane
Sea Purslane

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.