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

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.