Big Lad the horse logging on for work

Amanda Stewart from Green Estate with Big Lad. ''(Ignore date on photo - it is wrong, the pic is new)

Amanda Stewart from Green Estate with Big Lad. ''(Ignore date on photo - it is wrong, the pic is new)

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A POWER company went back to basics to pull down wooden poles in a protected rural area in Sheffield.

Northern Powergrid used a heavy horse to remove the poles at Blacka Moor near Dore, which is a site of special scientific interest.

The Shire horse called Big Lad pulled down 25 poles that used to support power lines.

Big Lad, a 10-year-old brown Clydesdale more than 6ft tall, helped to haul the poles to a collection point, in a programme to bury power lines underground in national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty.

Big Lad and his team are with Green Estate, a Sheffield company using traditional skills for modern purposes.

Max Hibbert, Green Estate’s training co-ordinator and health and safety officer, said: “It was the first time we had undertaken this kind of contract but we pull old utility poles around regularly for fitness training so Big Lad felt very comfortable.”

Blacka Moor is managed by Sheffield Wildlife Trust. is