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

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.