The BHL Charitable Trust has established a three year Accredited Apprenticeship Scheme to allow for the recruitment, training and retention of new entrants to the profession.

The Apprenticeship Scheme is accredited to Level III by Ascentis.

Funding for the scheme is being sought and contributions are welcome. The scheme costs £30,000 for each apprentice.

The BHL Charitable Trust welcomes donations, legacies and bequests.

All donations are eligible for Gift Aid.

Other training and support

The BHL Charitable Trust provides a small grant funding programme for BHL Members.  For more details please <<click here>>

The BHL Charitable Trust is developing a programme for training and support for new and aspiring businesses in addition to the apprenticeship scheme

Machinery Ring

An initiative supported by The Prince of Wales's Charitable Foundation

For more information about the equipment available to hire

<<click here>>

Demonstrations Events

Seeing is Believing

'Seeing is Believing' is the initiative introduced by HRH The Prince of Wales.

Real work with horses is demonstrated to key industry players and has a power to persuade that articles and media presentations could never have.

Used primarily to showcase the benefits of horse logging and to highlight the developments in the Apprenticeship Scheme, 'Seeing is Believing' underwrites all the British Festival of the Working Horse events.


Review of Horse Logging in Wales

A research project to gather information about horse logging in Wales (and in the whole of the UK)


The BHLCT is a company limited by guarantee established in England, company number 5792235 and a charity, number 1117426

Charitable Objectives

The objects of the Charity are:

"to promote and maintain the standards of the craft of Horse Logging for the public benefit;

to advance education and training in the craft of Horse Logging and associated skills"


To make a donation <<click here>> to view how to make donations and how to Gift Aid your donation so that we can reclaim the tax you have already paid on it. Legacies and bequests are also invited.

The very first donation was a small start up grant from the BHL.

A donation from The Prince of Wales Charitable Foundation was next.

We have also received support from the following bodies:

The Ernest Cook Trust

The Headley Trust

The Oakdale Trust

The Radcliffe Trust

RDPE; Lake District Sustainable Development Fund

Friends of the Lake District

The Morgan Motor Company

We are extremely grateful to our sponsors for helping us to realise the important aims set out in our Apprenticeship Scheme.

Company and Charity Details

Registered office:

Lanternside Farm,



NE65 7AX


BHLCT Trustees

Nick Burton

Iain Laidlaw

Julian Philipson

Geraint Richards

Veterinary and equine welfare consultant

Nic De Brauwere


Apprentice Applications

The BHLCT invites applications from aspiring horse logging 'forestry entrepreneurs'.

Apprentices will most likely become self employed contractors at the end of their apprenticeship. They will learn the horse, forestry and woodland management skills required to work in modern forestry using animal traction as well as all the necessary business, banking, accounting and marketing skills required to run an effective modern enterprise. It is expected they will be eligible to be entered onto the BHL 'Professional Register' as successful completion will require this high standard. They are likely to be self employed throughout the apprenticeship as this is an essential part of the training.

To apply for a place on the Apprenticeship Scheme <<click here>> and return the required information to the Registered Office (address on left)

Aspiring loggers are also strongly encouraged to join the British Horse Loggers. A membership application form and more information can be viewed on the BHL web site <<click here>>

Placement Providers

Placement Providers are required.

If you have an established horse logging business and have the skills and time to offer a placement to an apprentice <<click here>> to view an application form and supporting notes. Fill in and post off to the address on the left or apply on line.

We cannot run the apprenticeship scheme without apprentices, funding or placement providers! We need your support.

Apprentice news

<<click here>> for news about apprentices appointed and their progress.