The UK produces about 11m tonnes of softwood and half a million tonnes of hardwood every year in a market estimated to be worth about £2bn. Some serious kit is needed for felling and hauling – the process has come a long way from 19th-century methods, when logging was carried out with the brute strength of humans and animals. Large gang saws – typically requiring two men to operate – did the felling, while horses and donkeys provided the muscle to pull sleighs and wagons. […]