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