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

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.