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

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.