THE latest additions to the ongoing Durlston Pleasure Grounds project have some serious pulling power.

Fleur and Celine are heavy horses, and they'll be working alongside staff and volunteers at the Heritage Lottery-funded scheme later this month.

Woodsman Toby Hoad, of Dorset Horse Logging, will be leading his powerful companions around Durlston County Park for four days.

They will be hauling cut timber which is being reused in the project area, including for fuel for a wood burning stove in the recently-installed 'Everyone Needs a Shed' volunteer workshop.

Toby said: "It is great they have decided to use horses to extract timber at Durlston and to be part of this exciting project.

"Do come along and say hello if you are visiting the park."

Over the next three years the Dorset County Council (DCC) scheme will 'restore and enhance' the Victorian landscape at the country park, which is situated close to Swanage.

Volunteers will be working with rangers, artists and specialists to create a landscape which is accessible for all, including people with disabilities, educational and sustainable.

The Victorian landscape and features at the park will be enhanced, inspired by Victorian owner George Burt's vision for people to 'look round and read great nature's open book'.

Project officer Marie Sanchez said: "Heavy horses are able to move large trees around the country park in an ecologically sensitive way, minimising damage to the ground and woodland flora.

"Using this traditional method instead of heavy machinery helps protects the national nature reserve."

A DCC spokesman said: "Management of this historic woodland will improve habitats for wildlife, maintain safety, and create new opportunities for access and play.

"The project will help Durlston become one of the best places in the country for people with disabilities or reduced mobility to enjoy wildlife and the countryside.

"The Pleasure Grounds project will realise a Victorian vision for visitors and the local community and help secure a historic, wildlife-rich area for future generations."

Toby will be working at Durlston with Fleur and Celine from Monday, March 25, up until Thursday, March 28.