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

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.