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PAULA AND DOLLY REVIVING AN OLD WOODLAND TRADITION.

Byline: Carl Butler

IN THE 19th century, horses like Dolly played a crucial part in working North Wales forests like Wepre.

The Shire horses were the powerhouses harnessed by farmers to pull heavy farm machinery, plough and harrow the fields.

With no tractors, horses would have been a familiar site in places like Wepre Park, Connah's Quay.

But even in the 21st Century it seems Dolly can still play a useful and environmentally friendly role in woodland maintenance.

Senior ranger Tom Woodall said: "Today the management of Wepre woodland continues.

"We have thinned one area of larch trees in the park and were anxious to extract the logs with the minimum of damage to the parkland.

"We contacted Paula Sells, who operates Bodfari Horse Logging, and we are delighted that we are able to use horses again for jobs which they would have traditionally done years ago."

Horse logging or snigging is the removal of felled timber.

Horses are ideal in ecologically sensitive sites and Wepre Park has just been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

John Richards, countryside manager for owners Flintshire council, said: "We hope that visitors to the park will come and see Paula Sells working her 14-year-old Shire cross mare, Dolly."

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LOGGING: Dolly the Shire horse, with handler Paula Sells, at Wepre Park, Connah's Quay Picture: CLIFF BRETT
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Dec 13, 2001
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