RETURN TO TRADITIONAL WAY OF WORKING
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