Category Archives: scythe courses

Scythe course for estate garden team

I’m just back from Cumbria where I was invited to teach a scything course for some of the gardening team at CGP Publishing. The company is housed in an amazing house and formal garden just outside Broughton in south Cumbria. … Continue reading

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Scything workshop in Yorkshire Dales 2020

My scything season has been very disrupted by the current global situation so it was fantastic to be able to get out and teach a socially distanced workshop at a private venue in the Yorkshire Dales. Mike and Aelred were … Continue reading

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Winter scything course

My scythe season normally runs from May to October with the majority of courses taking place in the spring and summer. However the scythe is a tool suitable for managing all kinds of vegetation and which can work in any … Continue reading

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Scything at Preston Park on Teesside

It was lovely to spend the day with the new rangers team at Preston Park, near Middlesbrough in the north-east as they learned how to scythe. The team are looking to start managing their wildflower meadow by hand to increase … Continue reading

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Scythe improvers course feedback

Hi Steve, It’s Chris from the Improvers scything course here.  Wanted to say I had the most enjoyable day.  You tweaked my technique which had a huge positive impact on my self taught ‘skill’.  You also respected the fact that … Continue reading

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Scything in Yorkshire Dales

Just a couple of photos from a terrific scything course at Malham in Yorkshire as part of the Bee Together project for the Yorkshire Dales Millenium Trust. A great group of people, fantastic scenery and wonderful venue at Hill Top … Continue reading

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Scythe course in Northampton

A few weeks ago I travelled down to Northamptonshire to teach a group how to scythe at Rushden Lakes, a nature reserve managed by the Wildlife Trust. The reserve is on the edge of a retail park which made for … Continue reading

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Bell Sykes Farm: wildflower meadows, haymaking and scything

It’s great to see my friend Peter Blackwell and his family getting the recognition they deserve for their work managing the hay meadows Bell Sykes Farm at Slaidburn in Lancashire. The meadows at Bell Sykes are wonderful wildflower habitats and … Continue reading

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Private scythe course in Nantwich

Toni & Ken look after a couple of acres near Nantwich in Cheshire. Toni contacted me wanting to learn to scythe so they could cut their meadow and make hay by hand for their donkeys. I travelled to meet them … Continue reading

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Scything and making hay by hand

I love hearing from students and their progress and successes after one of my courses. Rob came on my Learn to Scythe course at the beginning of June and set to making hay and hand baling it. Visit my Learn … Continue reading

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