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Taiwania
Lawson Cypress
Sequoia
Douglas Fir
Dunkeld Larch
Umbrella Pine
Sequoia
Scots Pine
Larch
Chinese Fir
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Incense Cedar
Japanese Douglas Fir
Corsican Pine
Western Red Cedar
Jeffrey Pine
Montezuma Pine
Tiger Tail Spruce
Norway Spruce
Leylandii
Big Cone Douglas Fir
Cedar of Lebanon
Juniper
Giant Redwood
Coast Redwood
Japanese Red Cedar
Patagonian Cypress
Monterey Pine
Carolina Hemlock
Western Hemlock
Swamp Cypress & Dawn Redwood
Nootka
Jeza Spruce
Bhutan Pine
Oriental Pine
Incense Cedar
Juniper
Leylandii
Norway Spruce
Lawson's Cypress
Oriental Spruce
Sitka Spruce
Thuja
Giant Redwood
Sitka Spruce
Western Himalayan Pine
Chinese fir
Spanish Fir
Western Hemlock
Noble Fir
Brewers Spruce
Monterey Cypress
Lots of cones
Dawn Cedar
Maritime Pine
Eastern Hemlock
Stone Pine
Deodar Cedar
Taiwania
Lawson Cypress
Sequoia
Douglas Fir
Dunkeld Larch
Umbrella Pine
Sequoia
Scots Pine
Larch
Chinese Fir
Japanese Red Cedar (2).jpg
Incense Cedar
Japanese Douglas Fir
Corsican Pine
Western Red Cedar
Jeffrey Pine

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.