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