Shire horses at work in Sherwood Forest

Shire horses have been working in Sherwood Forest, showing visitors how timber used to be removed from the ancient forest.

Pictured at one of the logging demonstrations is Mike Bingham, who owns Normay Shire horse Emily - one of the horses which took part. Inset is Adam Atkin with Alison.

Nornay Shire horses have been holding logging demonstrations in Sherwood Forest this week close to the ancient Major Oak. Owner Mike Bingham from Blyth is pictured with Emily meeting some of the public.

Nornay Shire horses have been holding logging demonstrations in Sherwood Forest this week close to the ancient Major Oak. Owner Mike Bingham from Blyth is pictured with Emily meeting some of the public.

Ted Wooddisse, Nottinghamshire County Council forestry and land management officer, said: “The work is part of a 10-year project being undertaken by Nottinghamshire County Council and funded by Natural England, to improve the condition of this internationally important forest.”

The forest is designated as a National Nature Reserve and a Special Area of Conservation for its ancient oaks and the unique populations of insects they support.

The forest is of national and international importance for its veteran oaks and the unique populations of invertebrate species these ancient trees support.

Nottinghamshire County Council is four years into a 10-year programme of works under a Higher Level Stewardship Scheme. The programme of works to improve the forest and conditions for the veteran oaks has been agreed with and specified by Natural England, which is funding the works.

Nornay Shire horses have been holding logging demonstrations in Sherwood Forest this week close to the ancient Major Oak. Adam Atkin is pictured with Alison.

Nornay Shire horses have been holding logging demonstrations in Sherwood Forest this week close to the ancient Major Oak. Adam Atkin is pictured with Alison.