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

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.