Later this month horsepower will beat tractor-power when it comes to extracting dead trees from the grounds of Highcliffe Castle – horses cause less disturbance to the woodland floor and can get through narrower gaps.
Toby Hoad, and his two working horses, Fleur and Celine, will begin logging in the grounds of Highcliffe Castle later this month to help remove the dead trees that have fallen in Rothesay Park.
Using horses to extract trees causes less disturbance to the woodland floor and the horses can get through narrower gaps, compared to conventional tractors.
“I was thrilled to be approached by Highcliffe Castle to help them clear some of the woodland in the grounds. Both Fleur and Celine are well suited to this task and it’s great to have the opportunity to work in such a high profile location,” said Toby who has been horse logging for over seven years.
Katie Ingham, heritage team leader at the attraction said “The staff and volunteers are really looking forwarding to welcoming Toby and his horses to Highcliffe Castle. It’s the first time that we have used horse power here and we hope that members of the public will get the opportunity to see them working in our grounds.’’
Highcliffe Castle grounds are free to visitors and open daily from 7am. The horse logging is scheduled to start on 10 April until 12 April and then from the 22-24 April and the grounds will remain open to the public whilst the horses are working.
For more information visit www.highcliffecastle.co.uk.