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

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.