Meadow management and scythe training JUNE 2011
Have you created a meadow, or planning on sowing one - but not sure how to manage it once it grows?
Come to one of the events in June - either in Somerset 12 & 13th June or Cambridge 25 & 26th June and you will find the answers you need to successfully manage your meadow this summer.
(image Simon Damant - click here to see more wimpole images)
With the right training in scythe use and sharpening a good scythe is a surprisingly economical and efficient tool for mowing small to modest areas of grassland.
Scything is also a cheaper and more productive way of getting fit as compared with a visit to the Gym! To participate in these events you do not need previous experience with a scythe - in fact if, like many before, you have tried and failed with a blunt old implement you are advised to take this opportunity to put this experience behind you!
Scything & Smallholders Weekend
Wimpole Hall, Cambs. (National Trust)
Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 June
An opportunity for a day out, to learn about wildflowers, managing meadows and scything, and to seek expert advice from Simon Damant (National Trust) and Richard Brown (Emorsgate Seeds)
The weekend Includes horse mowing competition, vintage tractors, smallholders stalls, blacksmith, local beer festival, homemade cider competition and spoon making competition.
The weekend culminates with the 4th Eastern Counties Scything Competition on Sunday afternoon (open to all abilities!).
Saturday 26 June - Scything Beginners Course
If you are looking to develop your knowledge of meadow management and proper use of a scythe this course will provide you with the essential skills you need to take home and put into practice.
£45 per person including lunch, 12 places available.
Booking essential 01223 206000
The Scythe Festival and South Somerset Green Fair
11th & 12th June 2011, Muchelney, Near Langport, Somerset
On Saturday 11th June, 2011 there will be scything and haymaking courses and workshops for both beginners and for mowers with some experience. The courses are lead by Simon Fairlie with contributions from others including Richard Brown from Emorsgate Seeds. On Sunday, which is the festival proper, there will be a wider range of events including scything competitions.
see www.thescytheshop.co.uk/festival.html for details
Posted on 17 April 2011,