Bracken tends to get a pretty bad press, and with good reason. However, bracken can make a positive contribution to a habitat, garden or farm system. On our holding we have come to value rather then fear our stands of bracken. Bracken as part of Britain’s Ecology Bracken is natural part of the British flora. It provides valuable habitat for small mammals, birds and reptiles … Continue reading In Praise of Bracken
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Sometimes an early rise during haying weather brings a surprise. We had a lovely hour of mowing in the atmospheric mist. The mist gradually burned off as the sun rose. The sun on the wet vegetation was stunning. I take a lot of pictures of sunny, hot hay making. Below are some pictures of the delights to be found in a misty meadow.
What better way to spend a cold January day then laying plans for Summer? ….and it looks like it will be a busy one! Here is how it looks so far, I expect there will be more to come. There will be hay making to fit in somewhere too! Courses and Workshops We have added more dates for our popular Introductory Scythe Courses and Peening … Continue reading Planning a busy summer
Introductory Scythe Course The first Introductory Scythe Course of the year, Saturday 26th May 2018, is available to book now. Peening Workshop The first Peening and Sharpening workshop will be on Sunday 8th April. This is a great opportunity to get your blade ready at the start of the main mowing season. Blade Repair and Peen If you have worked your blade(s) hard over the … Continue reading Learn to Scythe and Learn to Peen in 2018
People buy a scythe for lots of reasons – for managing everything from a smallholding to the edges of a heritage railway line. Looking at our site at this time of year it can appear that our scythe use is restricted to the hay meadow, but this is far from the truth. One of the delights of the scythe is that it can be used … Continue reading The Austrian Scythe – a versatile tool
Making an Early Start. Conventional advise has suggested waiting until July or later before beginning to cut wildflower meadows. However, in recent years this has begun to change and we have started some of our hay making from the end of May. One late cutting date is more suited to machine mowing, where as hand hay making lends it’s self to a more nuanced approach. … Continue reading Giving part of the meadow the Chelsea Chop