Heavy Horses weekend in the Chilterns

September 18th 2017
By: Melanie Hollidge
Heavy Horses weekend in the Chilterns

The Chilterns, an area of outstanding natural beauty on London’s doorstep, the pressures of redevelopment in this area are particularly great. The Chiltern Open Air Museum seeks to preserve a heritage that would otherwise have been lost.
On Sat 23rd September 2017 - Sun 24th September 2017 members of the Hertfordshire Heavy Horse Association and their horses will join forces with the resident heavy horses to demonstrate the role of these animals on traditional farms in the past. The event takes place at Chiltern Open Air Museum, Newland Park, Gorelands Lane, Chalfont St Giles, HP8 4AB.
It is fascinating to watch traditional heavy horses cultivating the museum’s fields and imagine how the land used to have to farmed before engines were widely available. You will also be able to see horse carting around the farmstead and you can meet Joshua, Samuel and Harvey, the resident heavy horses, who live at the Museum.
The Chiltern Open Air Museum was founded in 1976 with the aim of rescuing threatened buildings.  More than thirty historic building have now been saved and rebuilt at the site, and there are more due to arrive in Hertfordshire.
The Museum only accepts buildings that would otherwise be demolished focusing on vernacular buildings –the houses and workplaces of ordinary people that are gradually disappearing from the landscape. They seek to tell the story of the unique history of the Chilterns through buildings, landscapes and culture.