Can we manage our woodlands without machines? We head to the National Forest to find out

In the second episode of our third podcast season, meet Stuart Freeman and his horse Breeze to learn how he uses traditional methods to manage woodlands without the use of machines – it's a delightful tale of a man and his four-legged companion.

Team of working Cob Horses

Stuart Freeman and his horse Breeze work closely together to manage woodlands where big machines are impractical or cause too much damage. It’s a charming story about our woods, wildlife and the friendship between one man and his horse – as told to Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough at the Timber Festival this summer in Leicestershire.


If that’s whetted your appetite for a woodland adventure, here are some great forests to visit 


Plus, once in the forest, why not discover the joys of forest bathing