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

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.