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

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.