Scything Workshops

Join us at Dyffryn Fernant for a demonstration of scything using the Austrian Scythe, a lightweight version of the traditional English variety.  Experienced local Scythesman, Alastair Inglis, will be mowing an area of grass and will be available to answer questions and give advice. Want to discover why we still use a scythe in the 21st Century?  Come along and find out. Maximum group numbers of 8.

May 10th- Demonstration

Starts at 2pm, no charge for the demonstration but normal garden entrance fee applies

June 13th- Full Day Workshop- Introduction to Austrian Scythe

No previous experience necessary.  Must be over 18yrs old.  Suitable for those with large gardens, orchard owners, smallholders and down-sizers alike.

During this one-day introductory course, you will learn to name the parts of the scythe, understand what a scythe will and won’t cut, look at safety issues when working with sharp blades, set up the scythe and hone the blade with a stone.

This very practical afternoon session introduces you to the practice of scything, starting with short grass, then progressing to longer grass and more weedy areas. Basic and more advanced mowing techniques and warm up exercises, safety issues and the care of blade & “snath” complete the day.

By the end of the course, you should be able to set up the scythe to suit your own requirements and have learnt a comfortable, efficient mowing technique.

There will be scythes, and scything related tools available for purchase on the day of the course.  If you know that you will want to purchase one, please tell us when booking your place on the course.

The nitty-gritty

Course Time:      9.30am to 4.30pm

Price:                  £50.00 per person.

Please Bring:       Packed lunch, gardening gloves if you have them, appropriate clothing for any weather, and bring your scythe (if you already have one).  Scythes and all necessary tools will be provided. Tea & Coffee available to purchase in the Library


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