Shire Horses set to work in Plymouth at landmark
THE clock has been turned back as shire horses were used to help with work at a local landmark.
The horses have been put to work at Crownhill Fort to help clear trees and plants from the area.
As the site only has limited access for machinery, the horses have come to the rescue and can reach areas that wouldn't have been reached otherwise.
Ed Donohue, Crownhill Fort Manager for the Landmark Trust said: "The tree clearance work involves removing self-seeded saplings from the counterscarp wall outside Crownhill Fort.
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"They have taken hold and are starting to damage the wall.
"Usually we would use machinery but the surface and access have prevented us from doing that.
"The horses have been so efficient – I had earmarked the project for five days and they have done it in three.
"We're now looking at using the horses on more jobs that we haven't been able to work out a way of doing.
"We how have a plan of how we can move some of the more problematic trees."
Logger Ben May, from Forest Crafts, uses the horses on his own farm as well as for outside jobs.
Ed added: "It was really nice working with the horses. Even when they are on lunch they are keen to get back to work. They like flexing their muscles. They are bred to lift heavy loads and it was a pleasure to work with them."
Crownhill Fort is being brought to life this weekend with live re-enactments from the 1860s to the 1980s.
For more information call 01752 680021.