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Learn to Scythe place available

Due to a cancellation, 1 space is available on my Learn to Scythe course at Slaidburn in Lancashire on 23rd July. To book, please email stevetomlin8(at) gmail.com

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Scything drone footage

Many thanks to Andrew Brown for taking this aerial footage with his drone during the scything improvers’ course in Cumbria

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Learn to scythe student video

Here is Martin on his first day of scything, easily cutting a terrific swath through the meadow. My teaching methods can help you learn to scythe easily and efficiently even if you are a complete beginner, visit my Learn to … Continue reading

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Scything in Highfield Country Park

I’m loving how many projects in Manchester are getting interested in using scythes to manage their land. I was invited this week by Friends of Highfield Country Park to lead a couple of evening demonstrations and have-a-go sessions for local … Continue reading

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Northern scythe festival 2021

Congratultions to Peter Backwell and Sarah Robinson, champions of this year’s Northern Scythe Festival mowing competition. The event took place in the beautiful meadows of Bell Sykes farm which Peter farms and is the donor meadow for many other meadows … Continue reading

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National Meadow Day 2021 scythe training

I spent National Meadow Day 2021 in south Cumbria teaching a group some peening and scything improvers skills during a course organised by Arnside & Silverdale AONB and Plantlife. Several of the group had previously attended my Learn to Scythe … Continue reading

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Spoon carving workshop at Harrogate

What could be nicer than spending a day in the woods, making something and chatting with lovely people in between breaks for coffee and homemade food? My most recent spoon carving workshop was hosted by Kith Homestead, just outside Harrogate … Continue reading

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Scythe training in Cumbria for wildflower plantsman

Martin contacted me wanting to learn to scythe at his site in Cumbria where he has started to grow wildflower meadow plants in a nursery at his home. Meaburn Wildflowers is based up in Dufton where Martin has a beautiful … Continue reading

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York Gate Garden scything course

I’ve been in Leeds teaching the team of gardeners at York Gate Garden how to scythe in their wildflower meadow. I’d never heard of the garden but it’s a beautiful, hidden gem in the north of Leeds and absolutely immaculate … Continue reading

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Learn to Scythe in Yorkshire – extra date for 2021

Due to demand, I have added an additional Learn to Scythe course date for 12th August 2021. Based at Broadrake bunkhouse in the Yorkshire Dales with views of Ingleborough and the Ribblehead Viaduct, come and learn to use a scythe … Continue reading

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