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

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.