The Scythe Masterclass at the West Country Scythe Fair

Why Struggle?

Learn to get your blades sharper and to scythe expertly on the

Scythe Masterclass,
7th and 8th June 2018

a two day course for:

  • mowers with some experience who want to develop their skills
  • team leaders managing volunteers or staff
  • people who want to teach scythe use to others.

You will get personal attention from three of the most experienced teachers in the UK:

  • Christiane Laganda, scythe and yoga teacher from Austria;
  • Phil Batten master peener and scythe competition winner from Scythe Cymru;
  • and Steve Tomlin author of the definitive scythe manual Learn to Scythe.

The course covers: correct set up of the tool; your mowing stance and style; sharpening, peening and repairing blades; teaching and organizing volunteers and novices; optional workshops on the English scythe, grassland management, and haymaking by hand.


This course is held at Thorney Lakes, Muchelney, Somerset in the run up to the West Country Scythe Fair

For more details and to book contact

Simon Fairlie ( or
Michelle Laine (

Nicole Clough of Bucks Berks and Oxon Wildlife Trust  writes:

I came away with a far deeper understanding of the scythe and my technique, as well as the tools and course structure to teach others in a safe and efficient manner.

It has revolutionised our team at BBOWT, and we now use scythes for a great many of our tasks. As a result our management is more wildlife sensitive and volunteer friendly.

A number of my colleagues have now also done the course, with more booked on in the future. This has enabled us to train in the region of 50 staff and volunteers across our three counties in just 2 years.

Great for wildlife, great for people.