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

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.