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

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.