It’s International Peening Day on 2nd April, the perfect time to get your blade ready for the busiest months of the scything year. If you want some help to start peening or to improve your skills come along to our Peening Workshop on 2nd April. We like to keep numbers small on this course so participants get as much one to one help as … Continue reading Sharpening up for the Scything Season
As Autumn turns to Winter we are already thinking ahead to the Spring and the start of the main scything season. Our 2017 gardening diary recently arrived through the post and some of the blanks have already been filled with course dates – see here for details, more dates to follow soon. Of course before we get to the New Year there is Christmas to … Continue reading Learn to Scythe in 2017
Back in August we spent an enjoyable day with Andrew from Coast and Country (ITV Wales), talking about scything and hand hay making. The piece will be going out this Friday 14th October at 8pm on ITV Wales. If you live outside of Wales, the programme will be available at Coast and Country, Series 4, Episode-17 The part recorded at the Trust starts at 11 … Continue reading Scything on Coast and Country (ITV Wales)
The Austrian scythe is a versatile tool which we put to many uses on our holding. Here is a nice video featuring Peter Vido, the man who first introduced us to the Austrian scythe, showing some of the types of work a scythe can be put to. Note his relaxed mowing style.
This enjoyable piece on the Austrian scythe and hand hay making featured on Countryfile last night, with prominent UK scythers Andi Rickard and Simon Fairlie. Countryfile – Meadows – The scything starts at 30.35. The linking shot from the previous piece looks like it could have been filmed over our meadows! Matt Baker asks Simon if his scything is better than Poldark’s (you just can’t … Continue reading Scything on Countryfile
Mowing in full waterproofs, not what you might imagine when you are thinking about using a scythe. Nine brave folk happily took on the challenge on Tuesday during our wettest scythe course of 2016. The wet grass was cutting nicely though and there was the Red Barn to shelter in for tea breaks, lunch and peening discussions. We were impressed with the general level of … Continue reading Mowing in the rain
“Poldarking” is one of the latest words to have entered the scything lexicon. No, it’s not mowing with your top off. Rather, it refers to that style of mowing that seems to be more akin to golf then scything. You know the one, the scythe rises into the air to the right of the mower, sometimes several feet, then swings down fast and hard, cuts … Continue reading Poldarking vs Mowing with Ease