RE­TURN TO TRA­DI­TIONAL WAY OF WORK­ING

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE -

DOG walk­ers and ram­blers in Com­mon Wood near Penn were treated to an un­usual site this week­end as a shire horse was used to ex­tract cut lengths of tim­ber from the dense wood­land.

Sa­muel, a shire horse from Chiltern Open Air Mu­seum at Chal­font St Giles was very skil­fully han­dled by Annabelle Tripp drag­ging out lengths of tim­ber from an Iron Age en­clo­sure buried deep in the woods.

The Penn and Tyler’s Green wood­land man­ager had ap­proached the mu­seum to help with the clear­ance and ex­trac­tion so as to min­imise the en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact on a his­toric site that has been lost for hun­dreds of years.

Annabelle, aged 17, is an A level stu­dent at Beaconsfield High School and has vol­un­teered for the last six years at the mu­seum train­ing the horses to do tra­di­tional work.

The lengths of cut tim­ber were dragged us­ing a log grap­ple made in the mu­seum forge for sev­eral hun­dred yards along wood­land paths to the near­est road­way where ve­hi­cles can ac­cess.

The mu­seum ex­pects the horses to re­turn to the woods in the au­tumn to con­tinue with fur­ther tim­ber ex­trac­tion.

Driven: Stu­dent vol­un­teer Annabelle Tripp and shire horse Sa­muel

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