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Spanish Fir
Bhutan Pine
Juniper
Carolina Hemlock
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Patagonian Cypress
Dawn Cedar
Western Himalayan Pine
Scots Pine
Norway Spruce
Corsican Pine
Leylandii
Chinese fir
Norway Spruce
Tiger Tail Spruce
Western Hemlock
Monterey Pine
Taiwania
Stone Pine
Larch
Sequoia
Thuja
Incense Cedar
Lots of cones
Giant Redwood
Japanese Red Cedar
Jeffrey Pine
Jeza Spruce
Monterey Cypress
Lawson Cypress
Coast Redwood
Deodar Cedar
Cedar of Lebanon
Noble Fir
Giant Redwood
Incense Cedar
Oriental Spruce
Sitka Spruce
Swamp Cypress & Dawn Redwood
Oriental Pine
Juniper
Montezuma Pine
Douglas Fir
Western Hemlock
Japanese Douglas Fir
Leylandii
Brewers Spruce
Lawson's Cypress
Chinese Fir
Sitka Spruce
Nootka
Dunkeld Larch
Sequoia
Umbrella Pine
Western Red Cedar
Maritime Pine
Eastern Hemlock
Big Cone Douglas Fir
Spanish Fir
Bhutan Pine
Juniper
Carolina Hemlock
Japanese Red Cedar (2).jpg
Patagonian Cypress
Dawn Cedar
Western Himalayan Pine
Scots Pine
Norway Spruce
Corsican Pine
Leylandii
Chinese fir
Norway Spruce
Tiger Tail Spruce
Western Hemlock

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.