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

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.