Helpful Suffolk Punch horses do their bit to care for Thaxted’s waterways
PUBLISHED: 09:44 22 March 2017 | UPDATED: 09:48 22 March 2017
Suffolk Punch horses have been doing their bit to help keep Thaxted’s waterways in order as they towed logs into place as part of a new environmental project in the town.
Phase two of the project was put into action this week (Tuesday, March 21) as the horse, called Roy, helped haul sustainably-felled trees into position to create leaky dams to reduce the risk of surface water flooding to a number of local properties while improving wildlife habitats.
Felled trees and other woody debris were pinned into the river bank allowing water to flow freely when levels are normal and, in times of flooding, reducing pressure on the dam by still allowing water through.
Matt Butcher, catchment manager (Essex) for the Environment Agency, said: “Employing heavy horses rather than machinery to move the timber into place is an excellent way to reduce the environmental impact of the work and preserve a great tradition.”