Welcome to the Blog of Cutler´s Wood, an Ancient Semi-Natural Woodland in the Kent North Downs AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty).

Cutler´s is 42 hectares (ca. 103 acres) of native broadleaf woodland managed primarily as wildlife and flora habitat but also to provide some timber from coppice rotation which is used for traditional fencing and woodfuel. Adjacent to Cutler´s Wood is Cutler´s Farm, made up of the farmyard with barns and 6 hectares (ca. 15 acres) of pasture land, which presently is used for sheep grazing.

Bordering onto the Forestry Commission´s Kings Wood to the south west, privately owned Stanner´s Wood to the north west, The Woodland Trust´s Park Wood to the north and the privately owned Ridge Wood and Felborough Wood to the east, this area makes up over 2000 acres of connected woodland and one of the largest woodlands in the South East of England. This whole area was once part of a royal hunting forest for deer and boar.

Edward Hasted´s map of Cutler´s area published 1798 but showing the area apparently around 1778. Cutler´s Farm seems not to have existed yet.

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Logging with John & Bob (The Horse)

Back in Spring 2011 I asked local woodsman and horse logger, John Mancini, to extract some larger sweet chestnut stems from an area of Cutler´s difficult to access with a tractor. John used his horse Bob for the extraction work and these are some pictures of Bob at work. There is something special seeing horses at work and there are the added advantages of less soil compaction and the horses ability to work in tight areas where the use of a tractor would cause considerable ground damage. They are also surprisingly quick.

All photography by John Mancini