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