What’s New


We are pleased to be able offer once again some outdoor scythe and grassland management courses for small groups. These courses will be based outdoors in open fresh air in meadows full of wild flowers and grasses.

Continue reading… / Posted on 18 May 2021,
Category: Events

Sowing deadlines for Spring?

We are often asked to advise on the best time to sow wild flower seed, and what is the latest time in spring you can sow and still expect results.

Continue reading… / Posted on 12 April 2021,
Category: Advice

Scythers Question Time - SQT

Thursday 15th April 6.30pm - a chance to hear your questions on practical meadow management answered.

Continue reading… / Posted on 07 April 2021,
Category: Events

Meadow Demonstration Days June 2021

An opportunity to see the results of 25 years of wild flower grassland restoration and meadow enhancement on Emorsgate's 120ha farm near Bath.

Continue reading… / Posted on 26 March 2021,
Category: Events

Equinox - a time to 'spring clean' meadows

Around the spring equinox, as daytime air and soil temperatures rise, meadows begin to wake from their winter slumber. Fresh green grass shoots appear, yellow rattle seedlings get established and cowslip heads start to push upwards.

Continue reading… / Posted on 21 March 2021,
Category: Advice

Yellow rattle spring watch 2021

Yellow rattle emergence was first observed in our Norfolk meadows on March 16th. Germination was delayed by a week or two from the average year; waiting for soil temperatures to pick up.

Continue reading… / Posted on 16 March 2021,
Category: News

Spring has sprung! - when can we start sowing?

After a long gloomy winter in lockdown we have at last been blessed with some spring-like weather. Even more than usual people are keen to get outside and start moving on with their projects. As a result we are frequently being asked asked the question "how soon can we begin sowing wild flower seeds?"

Continue reading… / Posted on 01 March 2021,
Category: Advice

Autumn sowing deadlines

The Autumnal combination of warm soils and plenty of moisture in the soil provides ideal conditions for seed germination of both wild flowers and grasses.

Continue reading… / Posted on 14 September 2020,
Category: Advice

Haytime 2020

Haytime and the mid summer summer hay cut, is the most significant event in a meadow's seasonal calendar.

Continue reading… / Posted on 21 June 2020,
Category: Advice


At present we are still open for business but the situation may change at any time. If the office does close and we are unable to take orders, we will still be able to create quotes and offer emailed advice but response times may be a little longer.

Continue reading… / Posted on 24 March 2020,
Category: News

Yellow rattle spring watch 2020

Yellow rattle emergence in our Norfolk meadows came through on schedule this year: perfectly synchronised with the meteorological first day of spring on March 1st.

Continue reading… / Posted on 02 March 2020,
Category: News

Scythe and Grassland courses and events 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE. The courses and events listed on this page either are, or likely to be cancelled or postponed as a result of restrictions on movement and social distancing. Anyone who has already booked on a course will be notified in due course and offered a full refund.

Continue reading… / Posted on 08 January 2020,
Category: Events

Meadows Demonstration Open Days 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE. The event listed on this page has been cancelled for this summer as a result of restrictions on movement and the need for social distancing.

Continue reading… / Posted on 03 January 2020,
Category: Events

70 Yellow rattle sowing days left until Christmas!

Yellow rattle is a useful addition to any wild flower meadow. As well as being an attractive plant, and good for bees, it is parasitic on grasses and can help maintain balance. Autumn is the time to sow it

Continue reading… / Posted on 25 October 2019,
Category: Advice

Wood meadow management and scything demonstration day Sat 3rd August 2019.

Wood meadows require consistent long-term management of both the grassland and woodland components. This demonstration day at the Woodmeadow trust near York offers a chance to experience something of a wood meadow in action. Richard Brown of Emorsgate Seeds and the Scythe Association, will be available to discuss the management of grassland within wood meadows using a scythe. This will include scythe demonstrations and a chance to have a go with a scythe.

Continue reading… / Posted on 24 June 2019,
Category: Events

Spring mowing to reduce grass vigour

Continue reading… / Posted on 16 April 2019,
Category: Advice

Orchard grassland management & Practical scything workshop

Orchards old and new offer a particularly varied mosaic of vegetation and habitat structures with elements of managed and rough grassland, mature trees, shrubs and hedgerow boundaries. This workshop will focus on practical management of the ground vegetation component of orchards to maximise their potential for wildlife and biodiversity'.

Continue reading… / Posted on 26 March 2019,
Category: Events

Yellow rattle spring watch 2019

Yellow rattle emergence in our Norfolk meadows began on schedule at the end of the first week of March. We had wondered whether the record winter temperatures at the end of February might bring germination forward. This does not appear to be the case in Norfolk, but on our farm near Bath germination was first seen 10 days earlier on 27th February.

Continue reading… / Posted on 09 March 2019,
Category: News


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 skills you need.

Continue reading… / Posted on 15 February 2019,
Category: Events

Wild flowers and Rewilding

Rewilding is a progressive approach to conservation that is gaining ground across Europe, as well as within the UK. The ethos behind rewilding is to step back to allow ‘nature’ a greater role in managing itself with less human intervention. How might this concept fit with existing ideas of ecological restoration, and with sowing wild flowers?

Continue reading… / Posted on 22 January 2019,
Category: News

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