Scythe training events and courses 2015
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. Here are some courses and events which can help equip you with the skill you need.
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 is also a cheaper and more productive way of getting fit as compared with a visit to the Gym!
One day course: Introduction to practical scything.
Saturday 16th May 2015. Oxburgh Hall (NT), Norfolk.
Learn the basic practical mowing and blade sharpening skills needed to use a scythe effectively and safely.
This course will be taught by Richard Brown (Emorsgate and SABI) and hosted by NT at Oxburgh Hall
Fee £60 - contact Richard Brown at Emorsgate if you are interested
Scything & Smallholders Weekend
Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th June, 2015. Wimpole Hall, Cambs. (National Trust)
An opportunity for a day out, to learn about wild flowers, managing meadows and scything, and to seek expert advice from Simon Damant (National Trust) and Richard Brown (Emorsgate Seeds) and others.
The weekend also includes many practical rural craft demonstrations: Pole Lathers, blacksmiths, hurdle makers, wood carver, furniture maker, various green woodworking and sheep shearing. The weekend culminates with the 8th Eastern Counties Scything Competition on Sunday afternoon (open to all abilities bring your own scythe!).
Saturday 27th June - Scything course for beginners and improvers
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. The course includes setting up the scythe ready for mowing, how to mow efficiently and effectively and how to hone and peen the blade to keep it sharp.
The Scythe Festival and South Somerset Green Fair
13th & 14th June 2015, Muchelney, Near Langport, Somerset
On Saturday 13th June there will be scything and hay making courses and workshops for both beginners and for mowers with some experience. The courses are led 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
Saturday 25th July 2015. Oxburgh Hall (NT), Norfolk
Richard Brown from Emorsgate seeds will be giving talks and demonstrations on scything and meadow management from 11am - 3pm in the walled garden at Oxburgh Hall. He will be available to give advice, so come along if you need help with either wild flower management or scythes. (and bring your scythe along if you have one!)
Advice and talks free but normal NT entry fees apply.
For other training events and courses in your area visit the SABI website
Posted on 16 April 2015,