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Coed Mitchen

Posted by Nick Burton on Thursday, November 19, 2015, In : Timber extraction 
Meanwhile, back in Powys, it was goodbye to another load of timber.  57 gate posts and over 500 fence posts plus the odd 16ft sawlog.



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Earl's Hill

Posted by Nick Burton on Thursday, July 16, 2015, In : Timber extraction 
I received some nice pictures taken of me and Elza working tab Earl's Hill earlier in the year.  Here's one of them.



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Coed yr Ystrad

Posted by Nick Burton on Monday, February 9, 2015, In : Timber extraction 
This was a small contract for the new owner of 60 acre woodland.  The previous owner had clear-felled an area of larch leaving just the broadleaved trees, mostly mature beech, which had unfortunately been badly effected by storms in 2014. Our job was to extract the beech, which had mostly uprooted and fallen, for firewood.  While most of the timber could be pulled out down hill, it was a difficult site to work because of the amount of brash remaining from the larch felling. However, Elza was ...
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Barnett Wood, Wigmore

Posted by Nick Burton on Monday, July 14, 2014, In : Timber extraction 
We were blessed with fantastic weather for this contract, although it did come with dozens of horseflies!  Our job was to bring out some sizeable oak logs which are due to be sawn on site into planks and posts, and clear the rest for firewood. John, one of our clients, as well as manning the chainsaw took and then edited some lovely video of Elza at work.  This can be viewed on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVxmLBUqX60




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Pont Llogel SSSI

Posted by Nick Burton on Sunday, January 26, 2014, In : Timber extraction 
This was a small job for Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and took a couple of days to complete.  NRW had felled a number or red oak trees in this woodland SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) in order to open up the canopy to encourage growth of native plants.  The red oaks were chosen because as an American species they are not native to Wales.  The key challenge at Pont Llogel was how to get the timber out without damaging the gravel footpath which forms a section of both the Ann Griffi...
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Laundry Lane

Posted by Nick Burton on Thursday, December 26, 2013, In : Timber extraction 
Since September I have been working on and off on this job with Barbara Haddrill from Carnog Working Horses.  Its a Natural Resources Wales owned site and Barbara has a contract with NRW to thin out up to 120 tonnes of mostly non-native species - particularly beech, sitka spruce and Douglas fir.  Working with Kevin Taylor - an apprentice horse logger - and Duncan Goulder, Barbara and myself have undertaken the felling and extraction with Elza and Barbara's pair of ponies - Tyler and Billy.

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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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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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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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