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

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.