Scythe and Grassland courses and events 2020

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.

Practical scything & grassland management course

Wednesday 24th June 2020. 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.

Scythe course Honing

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

Book online here


Scything & Woodland Craft Weekend

Saturday  27th June and 28th June, 2020. Wimpole Hall, Cambs. (National Trust)

The Scything Festival will be held on the Wimpole Estate in fields and extensive restored meadows within the Capability Browns landscape.

It is designed to be a fun weekend of scything, green wood working; including  competitions on Sunday.

Wimpole scythe group

On Saturday there will experienced scythe folk on hand to demonstrate how to use the scythe and mow including how to make hay and meadow management.

If you are new to scything this event provides unlimited opportunity to practice on nice grass and pick up tips on mowing technique as well as all important blade sharpening and maintenance (peening) - do bring your scythe!

Richard Brown from Emorsgate Seeds will be available to answer questions on grassland management using a scythe as well as meadow creation and restoration using wild flower seeds.

If you have never used a scythe before, but see that you may have a use for one, do come along to discover the wonder of scything!  A number of Scythe sets will be available for purchase on the day.

If you pre-order a scythe set from us online for collection at this event (Saturday or Sunday morning) Richard will be on hand to give you help to set up your new scythe plus essential instruction needed to get you mowing

13th Eastern Counties Scything Competition

The Wimpole weekend culminates with the main competitions on Sunday afternoon 28th June (open to all abilities bring your own scythe!).

Wimpole scythe competition


The Green Scythe Fair

13th & 14th June 2020, 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.

Green Scythe Fair Competition

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

Posted on 08 January 2020,
Category: Events