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

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.