Scythe and Grassland Courses and Events 2018

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.

Scything in Dales Meadow

photo by Simon Damant at 2017 Yorkshire Dales Meadow Connections event (see below)

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!

Meadow Connections - in the Yorkshire Dales

Saturday 14th July and Sunday 15th July 2018.

A weekend of workshops, talks, crafts and a scythe competition set the stunningly beautiful setting of a Dales farm up in the hills above Settle.

Hay harvest in Dales

photo meadow connections

Wild flower and other workshops take place on Saturday. Richard from Emorsgate Seeds will be running a workshop in the morning session on meadow wild flowers and pollinators; emphasising how important management (mowing with a scythe) is to their survival.

Further talks and drop in sessions follow on Sunday plus the Northern Scythe Championships - which you can join in, or just watch.

Richard will also be available to answer your questions on wild flowers, meadow creation and management throughout the weekend (except during the competitions on Sunday when he will be competing!)

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Practical scything & grassland management course

Wednesday 27th June 2018. Emorsgate Seeds, Kings Lynn, Norfolk.

This is a ‘hands-on' event where participants will learn basic practical mowing and blade sharpening skills needed to use a scythe effectively and safely.

Flora locale scythe training group

We will also focus on how scythe use promotes flexible and practical grassland management strategies which are essential for maximising the wildlife potential of meadows and grassland.

We hope to demonstrate how effectively this can empower and engage individuals and community groups in getting the best from their own sites.

The relative merits of the scythe, petrol strimmers and tractor mowers will be compared.

This event will take place on the sown wild flower meadows around Emorsgate's seed farm. Scythes will be available to borrow or purchase on the day.

Price: £60


Contact us if you would be interested in attending a future course.  If we get enough interest we could run a second day.

This course is UKRS (UK Rural Skills) accredited which can issue certificates of attendance for CPD if required.


Scything & Woodland Craft Weekend

Saturday 23rd June and 24th June, 2018. Wimpole Hall, Cambs. (National Trust)

The Scything Festival will be held on the Wimpole Estate in the Folly field within the Capability Browns landscape. The folly field, is now one of the best wildflower meadows on the estate, amazing given that it was an arable field 20 years ago!

It is designed to be a fun weekend with several competitions and there will be a course to teach how to use the scythe and mow including how to make hay and meadow management.

Scything Beginners Course - Saturday 23rd June 2018

Learn the art of scything The course includes setting up the scythe ready for mowing, how to mow efficiently and effectively, how to hone the blade to keep it sharp while cutting, how to peen the blade after it has been worn down by countless amounts of honing and how to cure the cut grass to make hay. Richard Brown from Emorsgate Seeds will be delivering this course with others.

Price:  £60

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11th Eastern Counties Scything Competition

The weekend culminates with main competitions on Sunday afternoon (open to all abilities bring your own scythe!).

Wimpole Scything


The Scythe Festival and South Somerset Green Fair

9th & 10th June 2018, Muchelney, Near Langport, Somerset

On Saturday 11th 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.

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Scything demonstration

Saturday 21st July 2018. 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.

Oxburgh Hall training

For other scythe training events and courses in your area visit the SABI website

Posted on 15 June 2018,
Category: Events