Horse Power Forestry with Alan Williams and his New horse Rose will be returning to The Cheshire Game and Angling Fair to demonstrate the traditional skill of horse logging. He will promote horse logging as a viable and sustainable option within modern forestry.
Horse logging offers an efficient flexible approach to timber extraction with a wide range of both traditional and modern equipment available. The horses can work through the full range of woodland operations from first thinning through to extracting the final crop. They are a low impact and sympathetic tool particularly when it comes to the management of ancient woodland and archaeologically important sites.
Working horses are ideally suited to steep sites, wet sites and environmentally sensitive areas where mechanical extraction is either not welcome or cannot access without excessive damage.
Horse logging can work efficiently alongside a tractor operation if necessary. The use of horses can minimise damage to existing crops, coppiced stools and areas of regeneration. They also have the option to work in small areas where felling to provide an extraction route can be kept to a minimum. It also reduces compaction and damage to the woodland floor whilst giving no pollution from fossil fuels.