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Early Purple Orchid
Grass Vetchling
Summer Snowflake
Common Restharrow
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Russian Comfrey
Milk Thistle
Bladder Campion
Lesser Stitchwort
Wood Speedwell
Tutsan
Oxeye Daisy
Charlock
Dandelion
Fuscia
Giant Hog Weed
Lesser Celandine
Lesser Celandine
Golden Saxifrage
Bugle
Lord's and Ladies
Colt's Foot
Common Vetch
Nettle Leaf Bellflower
Nettles
Green Helborine
Tormentil
Dyer's Greenweed
Daisy
Shepherd's Purse
Cow Parsley
Common Comfrey
Great Willow Herb
Wavy Bitter Cress
Rose Bay Willow Herb
Pyrimidal Orchid
Common Centaury
Garlic Mustard (Jack of the Hedge)
Sun Spurge
Thistle
Green Alkanet
Yellow Archangel
Nettles
Cats Ear
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Crown Vetch
Hemlock
Small Balsam
Horse Tail
Eyebright
Dove's Foot Crane's Bill
Enchanter's Nightshade
Lesser Celandine
Gorse
Agrimony
Rosebay Willowherb
Hedge Mustard
Forget Me Not
Buttercup
Pignut
Common Field Speedwell
Bracken
Hedge Woundwort
Nipplewort
Pendulous Sedge
Hemp Agrimony
Bluebell
Pig Nut
Wood Anemone
Betany
Early Purple Orchid
Bramble
Heather
Knapp Weed and Butterfly
Heath Speedwell
Dog's Mercury
Ground Ivy
Lemon Balm
Red Dead Nettle
Fox Glove
Wild Pansy
Borage
Common Milkwort
Wild Cabbage
Self Heal
Wild Redcurrant
Hogweed
Wood Sorrel
Yarrow
Mullein
Meadow Buttercup
Wild Basil
Common Ragwort
Yellow Pimpernell
Hawkbit
Ground elder
Early Purple Orchid
Barren Strawberry
Scabious
Indian Balsam
Fever Few
Salad Burnett
Dog Violet
Wall Rocket
Black Mustard
Split Leaved Crane's Bill
Chickory
Twayblade
Silver Weed
Chickweed
Bee Orchid
Yarrow
Cuckoo flower
White Dead Nettle
Bog myrtle
Yellow Rattle
Wood anemone
Field Bind Weed
Rock Sea Lavender
Hemlock Water Dropwort
Fleabane
Common Spotted Orchid
Yarrow
Hairy Bitter Cress
Zigzag Clover
Winter Cress
Harebell
Kidney Vetch
Sea Beet
Red Clover
Lesser Periwinkle
Hedge Bind Weed
Cowslip
Cleavers
Purple Losestrife
Wood Sage
Wild Clary
Lords & Ladies
Cow Parsley Flower
Ramson
Herb Robert
Herb Bennett
Ground Ivy
Upright Hedge Parsley
Germander Speedwell
Primrose
Deadly Nightshade
Water Mint
Grey Field Speedwell
Knapp Weed and Bug
Sea Purslane
Cuckoo Flower
Scarlet Pimpernel
Wild Thyme
Common Mallow
Creeping Buttercup
Ragged Robin
Greater Burdock
Burdock
Wood Spurge
Meadow Vetchling
Knapp Weed
Early Purple Orchid
Bitter Sweet
Honeysuckle
Hairy Violet
Common Birds Foot Trefoil
St John's Wort
Broom
Knapp Weed and Butterfly
Green Field Speedwell
Seaside Centaury
Sweet Violet
Hairy Bitter Cress
Red Campion
Red Vervain
Wood Anemone
Bistort
Early Purple Orchid
Grass Vetchling
Summer Snowflake
Common Restharrow
CIMG0038
Russian Comfrey
Milk Thistle
Bladder Campion
Lesser Stitchwort
Wood Speedwell
Tutsan
Oxeye Daisy
Charlock
Dandelion
Fuscia
Giant Hog Weed

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.