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