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Oriental Pine
Japanese Douglas Fir
Bhutan Pine
Sitka Spruce
Sequoia
Lots of cones
Coast Redwood
Monterey Cypress
Spanish Fir
Swamp Cypress & Dawn Redwood
Leylandii
Lawson Cypress
Japanese Red Cedar (2).jpg
Corsican Pine
Western Hemlock
Sequoia
Chinese Fir
Sitka Spruce
Patagonian Cypress
Leylandii
Norway Spruce
Western Himalayan Pine
Brewers Spruce
Giant Redwood
Montezuma Pine
Douglas Fir
Lawson's Cypress
Chinese fir
Carolina Hemlock
Taiwania
Eastern Hemlock
Jeffrey Pine
Incense Cedar
Japanese Red Cedar
Maritime Pine
Dunkeld Larch
Juniper
Juniper
Tiger Tail Spruce
Giant Redwood
Scots Pine
Thuja
Western Hemlock
Jeza Spruce
Western Red Cedar
Big Cone Douglas Fir
Dawn Cedar
Deodar Cedar
Stone Pine
Nootka
Larch
Noble Fir
Oriental Spruce
Umbrella Pine
Cedar of Lebanon
Incense Cedar
Monterey Pine
Norway Spruce
Oriental Pine
Japanese Douglas Fir
Bhutan Pine
Sitka Spruce
Sequoia
Lots of cones
Coast Redwood
Monterey Cypress
Spanish Fir
Swamp Cypress & Dawn Redwood
Leylandii
Lawson Cypress
Japanese Red Cedar (2).jpg
Corsican Pine
Western Hemlock
Sequoia

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.