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

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.