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 people in Levenshulme.

The community have been working recently on clearing brambles and planting to create a bee sanctuary and now are looking at managing some other areas to create wildflower meadows.

It was fantastic to see lots of people turning up to learn about scything, managment techniques for wildflower meadows and to have a go themselves. I’ve developed some special techniques where I can mow with someone so they get a feel of the movement and then gradually let go so they’re mowing on their own. It’s no substitute for a proper lesson but gets people excited and interested in the project.


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