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

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.