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