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

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.