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

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.