Shire horses to roll back the years at Sherwood Forest

Shire Horses will be working in Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve to show visitors how timber used to be removed from this ancient forest during half-term.

Ted Wooddisse, Nottinghamshire County Council forestry and land management officer, said: “The Nornay Shire Horses are extremely beautiful animals and it’s fantastic to see them working in the forest removing timber in the traditional manner which dates right back to the times of Robin Hood.

“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.

Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve is managed by Nottinghamshire County Council is also designated as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC).

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 ten 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.

The felling works have been undertaken by Ray Lister of Artisan – a specialist Forestry Contractor, based at Treswell near Retford.

The Nornay Shire Horses are based at Blythe and are owned by Mike Bingham.

To listen to an audio guide around Sherwood Forest click here