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Scything and Grassland Management

Fri 6 Sep 2013 @ 16:00 - Sun 8 Sep 2013 @ 17:00


Beginners often imagine that a two day scything course is a bit excessive, just to learn how to use a garden tool; and that is true if all you want to do is knock down weeds. But anyone who wants to mow grass on any scale will benefit from a two day course, and people who do them come away saying: “I don’t know how you could cram all that into one day”.

Two days gives you enough time to prepare your own blade (rather than use the Blue Peter blades that I prepare in advance for the one-day course); you get more time to practice different peening methods; and I also demonstrate how to make and stack a hay rack, which enables you to make hay even in changeable weather.

The course covers:

  • history and sociology of the scythe, in the UK and abroad
  • selecting the right blade and snath for the job (or making best use of what you’ve got):
  • setting up a scythe and snath;
  • peening with a jig, and and introduction to freehand peening with hammer and anvil;
  • sharpening;
  • mowing technique;
  • how to avoid damaging the blade, and how to repair chips and cracks;
  • managing grass with scything in mind;
  • hay-making by hand;
  • making and loading a hayrack.


Fri 6 Sep 2013 @ 16:00
Sun 8 Sep 2013 @ 17:00
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Monkton Wyld Court
01297 560342


Monkton Wyld Court
Near Charmouth
Bridport, Dorset DT6 6DQ United Kingdom
01297 560342