Belgian logging

It’s not very often that you find a video on Youtube that realistically shows you what man and horse can do all day long, day after day. I found out by working John the horse that he could pull about 300-400 kg comfortably and this relates to about 10-15 hoppus feet (which is a smallish tree). Having also gone through some archives in the Cambridge Records Office while researching the history of  the Wimpole Estate, it was evident that most of the timber felled was also quite small- roughly 30 year old trees (guess pre 1900 wood was so valuable that most trees weren’t really allowed to grow much older). Anyway here’s a video from Belgium and note the (not expensive) gear, all done at low cost…

About Sadeik

You may ask why "Sadeik" well it means friend in arabic. Worked in Jordan a lot doing tree surgery you see. I have worked in forestry since I left school with a two years in Telecom. Went back to forestry and tree surgery as it may not have paid as much but was far more interesting and dangerous. Spent a lot of years mountaineering, caving and canoeing too. At 29 I went to Bangor University to study Forestry and soil science then did an MSc in Water engineering all very interesting. By a quirk of fate in 1995 ended up helping sort out the woodland and park at Wimpole, funny thing was then I only intended to stay six months or so, but 18 years later I'm still here learning all the time. That's the best bit, if I wasn't able to learn something new every year I would not have stayed and as you get older you realise that the grass is not so green in the next field after all. In fact my patch is getting greener while much of the rest is getting browner.
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