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

30 minutes ago
Left to right: Actors Charlie Borg and Jai Sepple

“I wish I were big” were the words that changed everything in hit 80s movie Big and theatre-goers will be able to follow what happens next as the musical adaptation makes its way to the Brookside Theatre.

10:00
Roxana received plaque certifying her IQ results from the mayor

An 11-year-old girl has been awarded membership to an exclusive society, reserved for people with the highest IQs in the country.

Yesterday, 15:00
John Brouder, NELFT NHS Foundation Trust chief executive

A £12m grant is set to train talented graduates as social workers to help people living with mental health conditions.

Yesterday, 12:00
Tower blocks, Napier and New Plynouth house

The “forgotten flats of the Mardyke Estate” could soon be demolished and replaced with modern, affordable housing.

Yesterday, 10:00
Linda Borg, Maureen Ballard, Janet Abbott, Manvir Kaur and Charlotte Oxby

A retired district nurse will join hundreds of women for a moonlit walk through Romford to support a charity close to her heart.

Fri, 16:56
A motorcyclist has been taken to hospital after a collision in Southend

A motorcyclist from Upminster has been taken to hospital after a collision in Southend.

Fri, 13:40
Upminster Windmill is having its entire cap removed, including fantail and sails, for the first time since 1803, as part of the continuing resotration programme.

Today is a historic day for Upminster’s 213-year-old windmill.

Fri, 12:13
Tricia Dear, mother of 16-year-old Paddy Dear who died after falling down a cliff on his school trip.

“In your mind, you know that so much time has elapsed that hope is drifting away.”

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

Win a BMW 1 series

There are fewer cars currently on the market more stylish and exciting than the BMW. Known all over the world as one of the best car manufacturers, the BMW is renowned for sleek designs and fantastic high quality workmanship.

Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe