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