Scything courses and workshops across the UK. Learn to scythe and master this traditional rural skill, which uses a large curved knife on a pole or 'staithe' to hand mow grass or reap crops. The scythe was traditionally used for cutting hay and initially replaced the sickle, a similar but smaller hand tool, by being ergonomically more advanced and comfortable. Scything involves a left swinging motion or stroke to create a 'swathe' of cut grass. Good exercise!
A course designed for complete beginners. You will learn how to adjust your scythe to fit you, the correct angle for the blade and a relaxed "all body" style of mowing.
I have been using a scythe since 2010 and have taught at National Trust properties and staff from the Royal Horticultural Society. I have also been a prize winner at the Eastern Counties Scythe Championship.
The scythe is a modern, lightweight and simple tool suitable for all ages which will enable you to manage vegetation including grass, weeds, bramble and more in areas where machinery is not possible or unsuitable. There is no need for protective equipment and the lack of noise enables workers to engage with any visiting public as well as the surrroundings.
About Steve Tomlin
Steve first learned to use a scythe in the Pyrennes in 2001...
The art of scything dates back hundreds of years and is still a very valid form of land management used today. This course will discuss the reasons why we scythe and the best places that it can be done.
Mark Allery has taught these specialist skills for years and enjoys getting people started. He covers safety, tool maintenance and of course, the practical technique of scything.
Mark has all the tools needed to teach on...
- Next course on 15th June 2018
“If I was given a choice of a strimmer or a scythe, I’d go scythe any day – it’s a pleasure to use.”
~ Bunny Guinness, Gardener's Question Time 27 May 2016
With over 10 years of mowing experience and 6 years of teaching, I am recognised as the leading scythe instructor in the UK and author of ‘Learn to Scythe’. My courses will leave you enthused and confident to scythe efficiently and safely.