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

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.