Search

Endangered horses could help manage Havering’s derelict woodland

10:41 03 December 2013

One of the Suffolk Punches at work. Picture: Hawthorn Heavy Horses

One of the Suffolk Punches at work. Picture: Hawthorn Heavy Horses

Archant

One of the world’s rarest breeds of horse could soon be used by Havering Council as an innovative and eco-friendly way of managing the borough’s woodland.

The endangered chesnut Suffolk Punch farm horses will this week help move wood and trim branches to encourage new growth of shrubs, trees and wildflowers in derelict woodland, in a seven-day pilot scheme.

It is hoped this will create clearings to attract more wildlife, including species of butterflies such as Speckled Wood, Brimstone and Holly Blue.

Residents can come along and see the horses, provided by Chelmsford-based Hawthorn Heavy Horses, in action on Saturday between 10am and 3pm at Havering Country Park.

They should come to the Orange Tree Hill main entrance of the park.

Cllr Andrew Curtin, cabinet member for Culture, Towns and Communities, said: “We’re really excited at the possibility of working with heavy horses more here in Havering. This is a really innovative scheme that supports a great local business - and by doing so, we hope to further protect the environment and reduce our carbon footprint, as well as encourage even more diversity to the area for everyone to benefit from.”

The Suffolk Punch is well known for being the original work horse, bred in the 16th century for strength, but their presence dwindled over the centuries as machinery took over.

However, this technology is increasingly being shunned after use of heavy machinery and vehicles in woodland has caused significant damage.

If the trial, in association with the Forestry Commission, is successful, the service could be used in the borough over the next five years to manage woodland.

0 comments

Latest Romford News Stories

Yesterday, 21:04
The former Mecca Bingo building, High Street, Hornchurch, is now owned by supermarket chain Lidl

Plans to tear down a historic art deco building and much-loved former bingo hall have been approved by a council committee tonight.

Yesterday, 18:00
Cafe assistant Charlotte Moore with Samuel, Henry and Jessica Owens and their  jelly made at the Rainham Hall event

Did you know? In the 18th century, jelly was a fashionable dish.

Yesterday, 17:51
Whybridge Infant School has had a classroom extended outside of planning permission.

The council has been accused of double standards after it pushed ahead with extending a classroom without planning permission.

Yesterday, 13:08
Pupils at Redden Court School in Romford celebrating GCSE results

The headteacher and students at Redden Court School are celebrating their “best ever” GCSE results this morning.

Yesterday, 12:53

Students and staff have been celebrating at St Edward’s Church of England School after they recorder a 15 per cent increase in A* to C grades.

Yesterday, 12:37
Students at Raphael School this morning

The headteacher of Raphael School is celebrating as his students achieved 100 per cent A* to C grades at GCSE, including English and maths.

Yesterday, 11:52
Police want to speak to this man

A man is being sought after a 24-year-old was punched in the face by a stranger on the 174 bus.

Yesterday, 10:50
A computer generated image of how a street in the Dovers Corner development may look. Image: Persimmon Homes

Plans to build 396 homes on an industrial estate are due to be considered by the council’s committee tonight.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

You could win £15,000 to spend on either their mortgage or a deposit towards the home of their dreams

Wouldn’t it be lovely to have a period of time when you simply don’t have to worry about finding the money each month to pay your mortgage? When you don’t have to put money aside from your monthly income, or worry about having to afford other essential outgoings?

Which book character do you share cleaning habits with?

Whether you have more in common with put-upon Cinderella, emotionally turbulent Jane Eyre, or easily distracted Mole, you’re sure to appreciate that one lucky winner will receive four sessions of free cleaning. Enter our quiz for your chance to win. All runners up will get £10 off their first clean when making a repeat booking.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now