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Woodland owners and the public are being invited to see horse logging in action in the heart of Glentress Forest in May.
Forestry Commission Scotland is working with professional horse loggers over a period of several weeks to remove timber from sensitive areas of the forest.
The horses are being used instead of heavy machinery to minimise any impacts on the surrounding environment and popular mountain bike and walking routes.
The demo day, part of The Borders Festival of the Horse, is to take place on Saturday 17th May at Glentress Forest (nr Peebles) between 3pm-5pm.
Iain Laidlaw of Forestry Commission Scotland also helps the British Horseloggers Charitable Trust, he said:
“The demo event is open to all and would make a great day out for the family. Everyone is very welcome.
“I would also particularly encourage woodland owners and managers to come along and see why modern horse logging is often a viable option for timber harvesting, particularly in small woods or sensitive sites.”
Those who attend will be able to see local horse loggers Rab and Caitlin Erskine work with their horse ‘Rhona’ who is a large Ardennes mare.
Ann Fraser of the British Horse Society added:
"Few people have seen horse logging in action and it will give them a great chance to see an example of the skill of horses in a real work situation rather than in recreation or sport."
The demo site is accessed via the Falla Brae car park (nr Go Ape). The event is free but car parking charges apply. For further information, log on to the events page at www.bordersfestivalhorse.org or contact Iain Laidlaw on 07831 327 319 or iain.laidlaw@forestry.
To get to Glentress Forest: www.scotland.forestry.gov.uk/forest-parks/tweed-valley-forest-park/glentress .
Notes to news editors
1. For several years now, Forestry Commission Scotland have been working with the Borders Festival of the Horse organisers British Horse Society Scotland (BHS) to help celebrate everything that makes Scottish Borders "Scotland's Horse Country". Since 2008 the Festival has included horse logging demonstrations.
2. The Borders Festival of the Horse runs from 16th to 25th May and offers 11 days packed with activities and events for both riders and non-riders. For full details of the rest of the Festival from guided rides to International Horse Trials, Kelso Races to horse friendly accommodation check out www.bordersfestivalhorse.org .
3. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government’s Environment & Forestry Directorate www.forestry.gov.uk.
4. Media enquiries to Steve Williams, Forestry Commission Scotland press office 0131 314 6508.