Subject: Heavy horses at Hastings Country Park
As part of our continuing sustainable management at Hastings Country Park we have invited Frankie Woodgate and her heavy shire type horses back for 4 days from 20th June. The horse drawn rollers are a traditional way of managing bracken in areas where it is impossible for modern machinery to access.
The horses will focus on an area of Warren Glen where Bracken is of a particular issue. The rollers bruise the bracken reducing its vigour over time. The horses were a great attraction last year and they made a significant impact on the areas of bracken where they worked previously.
If you haven’t seen the Horses in action, it is well worth a visit as this is a great opportunity to see one of the innovative tools we are employing to manage Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve.
I attach a picture of them here last year.
Environment and Natural Resources Manager
Hastings Borough Council
Tel 01424 451107
For more information on about the wildlife and nature reserves of Hastings and the south east coast visit, http://www.rxwildlife.info/wildlife-sites/