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

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.