Horse logging at Guisborough Forest

A heavy horse named Blue will remove 200 tonnes of timber from the woodland in North Yorkshire. The ancient tradition causes less damage to the forest floor than using machinery.

Heavy horse carrying timber at Guisborough Forest

Blue and her owner Chris Wadsworth will move 200 tonnes of wood over two months Credit: Richard Darn

A horse named Blue has been recruited to remove timber from Guisborough Forest in North Yorkshire, reviving a tradition of horse logging that dates back centuries. Using a horse rather than a tractor causes less damage to the forest floor. The sycamore logs will be sold locally as firewood.

Blue used to pull caravans to Appleby Horse Fair before she began her logging career two weeks ago. Credit: Richard Darn

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