Browsing Archive: February, 2012

Hanningfield Reservoir

Posted by Nick Burton on Monday, February 13, 2012, In : Timber extraction 
I was over at Hanningfield Reservoir last week working with Matt and Claudia Waller from Hawthorn Heavy Horses with their Suffolk Punch, Holly.  It was the first time working in deep snow, extracting Douglas fir that had been thinned out a couple of weeks ago to leave the broadleaves.  Once we had managed to find the logs, they were easy to extract across the frozen snow.

 
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Looking for Elza

Posted by Nick Burton on Tuesday, February 7, 2012,

… the horse!

And I now knew, with Matt and Claudia’s help, that this would be just the start; with a long list of equipment to follow.  So the search began 

The word went out via Beck’s mum and the Rainbow Trails lot to see if any of them had or knew of a working horse for sale.  Beck’s niece, Freya, was keeping an eye out through her contacts from the Stampede Stunt Company (in the video she's the one with the bow and arrow).  Beck spent hours on the internet.  We searched and waited. ...


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Training

Posted by Nick Burton on Tuesday, February 7, 2012,

… and some training!

The training turned out to be the most straightforward bit.  I thought I’d get some proper dedicated training and then sign up with someone as the world’s oldest work experience trainee.

Surprisingly, and unlike life in general, this is exactly what happened.  I signed up with Doug Joiner of the British Horse Loggers (BHL) for a course and then had one of those moments in life when the universe seems to be all in your favour.  Through my job at the time (Head of Green...


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The big idea

Posted by Nick Burton on Tuesday, February 7, 2012,

So, why did I become a horse logger?  It doesn’t seem like a job that would immediately spring to mind if you were planning a change in career.    Looking back at it now, I can see so many influences from my life which led to this point.  From a lifelong love of woods and trees, to being Director of the South Yorkshire Community Forest and even being ruthlessly introduced to the joy of horses by my wife!

I’ve known of horse logging for a long time; even considering it as part of the way to...


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