Trees in an ancient woodland in Sheffield are to be felled to encourage new growth.
The Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust will be re-establishing the centuries old tradition of coppicing at Greno Woods, near Grenoside, to remove ageing sweet chestnut trees from the woodland to allow shoots to grow from the stump.
Felling the trees will allow light and warmth to the woodland floor encouraging flowers to thrive, which will support a range of insects including butterflies, bees and wood ants.
Head of Operations, Roy Mosley, said: “Historically this part of the wood would have been managed like this to provide a range of woodland products. It also creates a really varied structure which is great for wildlife such as woodland flowers, butterflies and birds.
“We will be extracting the timber by horse in order to protect ground flora and soil structure and to raise awareness of the traditional woodland management methods.”
Horse logging is used where environmentally sensitive areas could be damaged by mechanical extraction.
They can also work in small areas, keeping the extraction route to a minimum and reducing damage to the woodland floor.