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Horse logging is the extraction of timber using horses as 'base machine' with a wide range of traditional and modern implements. Horse loggers work through the whole range of timber produced in British woodlands; from small coppice poles and firewood, through thinnings in soft and hard woods up to final crop - large saw logs in soft and hard woods.

Horse loggers are currently employed throughout Britain. They work on private estates, in our state forests, for the woodland and wildlife trusts, for our statutory agencies, national and local bodies and authorities, voluntary groups and for private owners of large and small woodlands. There are successful horse logging contractors working throughout Scotland, England and Wales.

Horse logging has considerable benefits. It is the ultimate low impact extraction system and is especially effective in sensitive woodlands.  Horse logging allows for a highly selective sylvicultural management of our woodlands resulting in a high quality of woodland management and woodland care. Horses can extract timber effectively and safely through standing timber without causing any damage to the standing crop, compacting the soil, or causing damage or disturbance to the flora and fauna.

Horse logging can appear to be expensive, superficially. It is highly skilled and complex work and demands a premium. When the quality of the work is taken into account along with the low impact, the lower reliance upon expensive infrastructure, such as stoned roads, and the lack of costly reparation, the cost equation evens out.

Horse logging is not an outdated and outmoded relic of a previous age. It is a vibrant and continuous tradition that has an important niche in contemporary forestry and does not threaten or challenge more conventional systems, seeking rather to complement and enhance those systems.

Horse loggers perform other important services in forestry. Controlling bracken, brambles and other invasive weeds, scarifying to encourage natural regeneration, moving fencing materials, tools and equipment as well as working in establishment.

The BHL have a range of Members offering Horse Logging services.  Firstly our Professional Register gives access to BHL Committee approved contractors.  Their application to the committee must be supported by a detailed portfolio of evidence including proof of current and adequate insurance, emergency planning, the completion of a competent contractor questionnaire and references for work completed.

The standard demanded is high. Those accepted have a proven track record over a period of years. This means that those on the Professional Register have demonstrated their ability to work to the highest professional standards and their work is recommended by the British Horse Loggers.

Secondly we have Working Members who are available for work but who have not applied or been accepted as members of the Professional Register and landowners using this list must make their own judgement as to the ability and experience of those listed.


Professional Members

Those accepted onto the BHL Professional Register have a proven track record over a period of years. This means that those listed below have demonstrated their ability to work to the highest professional standards and their work is recommended by the British Horse Loggers 

Peter Coates

bhl member
Peter is based in the West Riding of Yorkshire near to Ilkley Moor, Haworth and the Leeds/Liverpool Canal.
Tel: 01274 499040 and 07957 939935

Matt Waller

Hawthorn Heavy Horses.
Based in Chelmsford, Essex.
Tel: 07814 003787

Mike Paddock

bhl member
Mike was the first BHLCT apprentice now based in Gloucestershire
Tel: 07896 294075

David Roycroft

bhl member
David is based in South West Scotland Email:
Tel: 07811 947878

Chris Wadsworth

bhl member
Chris is based in the North East
Tel: 01287 634017 and 07531 331440

Richard Eames

Richard is based near Marlborough in Wiltshire.
Tel: 07786 322762

Barbara Haddrill

bhl member
Barbara is based in mid-Wales
Tel: 07901 741217 and 01691 780636

Kate Mobbs-Morgan

bhl member
Kate is based near Monmouth
Tel: 01600 780143 and 07986 337205

Frankie Woodgate

bhl member
Frankie is based in the South East
Tel: 01233 850860 and 07929 202963





Working Members

Those shown below are full members of the BHL, however, this listing does not constitute endorsement by BHL. Potential clients may wish to obtain references as to experience and competence and to verify adequacy of insurance cover.

Charles Buckler

bhl member
Farmer and part-time horse-logger and also practical working demonstrations.
Tel: 01747 840377

Nick Burton

“Powys Forest Horses”
Based near Welshpool
Tel: 07896 202789

Will Hampton

"Dartmoor horse loggers"
Tel: 07592 004523

Stephen Whitby (Crunchie)

Based in Herefordshire
Mobile:  07974 487131

Ross Jamieson

RJ Woodland Services based in Omagh, Co Tyron
Facebook: rj woodland services
Tel: 028 8224 9896
Mob: 07731569086

Ken Stewart

Craighead Horse Logging
Based in Dalry, Ayrshire
Tel: 01294 833648

Noel Donaghy

Total Tree Care Company (Belfast)
Tel: 02890 624453
Mob: 07870 798086

Dan Sumner

bhl member
Dan Sumner
Based near Ambleside
Tel: 01539 431189

Colin Parsons

Based in North West Scotland
Tel: 01599 577236

Roy Murray

Horse Logging and Working Horses.
Based in West Lothian
Tel: 07748 115681

Toby Hoad

Tel: 01929 477139
Mobile: 07984 488894

Charlotte Picking

Based in Midlothian, Scotland
Tel: 07752 851853

John Williamson

Based in Devon

Lyndwood Ltd - Dan Gould

Based in East Sussex
Mobile: 07882 730867

George Newton

George Newton Horse Logging
Based in The Lake District
mobile: 07818802659
Tel:015395 30469

Jonah Maurice

Jonah Maurice
Based near Hexham, Northumberland
Tel 01434 618338
Mob 07877 169518

James Dalton

Highland Horse Power
Based on Northants/Cambs/Beds Borders
Tel: 07801 374984

Clifford Griffin

Griffin Horse Logging and Tree Surgery
Located on Norfolk/Suffolk Border
Mobile:  07760 308441

Eddie Griffiths

Eddie is based in Staffordshire
Mobile:  07973 261388


Kevin Taylor
Shire Cross Logging 
Based in North Wales
Mobile 07795262818


Richard Branscombe
Swainsford Heavy Horses 
Based in Wiltshire
Mobile 0794053635

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