Browsing Archive: March, 2013

East End Wood, Stansted Airport

Posted by Nick Burton on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, In : Timber extraction 
When I tell people I have been horse logging for two weeks at Stansted Airport they seem surprised; well I suppose we weren't in the airport but we couldn't have been much closer.  I was working with Matt Waller from Hawthorn Heavy Horses at East End Wood literally at the east end of the runway.  The wood a SSSI is owned by the airport and as part of their management plan some large oaks had been felled and Matt and I had the job to get the timber out, which we did with the help of two of Haw...
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Clunton Coppice

Posted by Nick Burton on Sunday, March 10, 2013, In : Shows and demonstrations 
I spent yesterday horse logging at Clunton Coppice, a lovely Shropshire Wildlife Trust site.  This was part of the trust's open day at the site to demonstrate what they are doing and to encourage people to join up.  For Elza and I, it was more than a demonstration as we had some timber to move from where it had been felled to create some glades along the main footpath.

Tim Walter, a volunteer from the trust sent me through some pictures he had taken, so here's one...



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Crambe Wood

Posted by Nick Burton on Sunday, March 10, 2013, In : Woodland management 
A trip to a British Horse Loggers committee meeting in Sheffield presented me with a good excuse to visit my old friend Peter Lawley and the wood that he owns near York.  Peter bought the small wood a couple of years ago and having got the Rhododendron pretty much under control, his thoughts had moved on to management of the canopy trees.  I last visited the wood soon after he had bought it and at that time set out for him some management recommendations.  One of these was to undertake some t...
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Cader Idris

Posted by Nick Burton on Monday, March 4, 2013, In : Timber extraction 
Just back from three days horse logging at Planhigfa Moelfryn, below Cader Idris, working with Doug Joiner and my horse Elza.  We had a number of big softwoods to fell, extract the timber and get on to Doug's mobile saw mill, where it was immediately turned in to a variety of planks and beams to be used in Snowdonia National Park.

We were joined by Pete Harmer, who felled the biggest trees and Masatoshi Nishino who was visiting from Japan and took these photos.

 


 




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