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

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.