Beginners’ scything workshops – SOLD OUT

  • Date: 9 July 2021
  • Until: 10 July 2021
  • Time: 10am - 4pm
  • Address: Dartmoor

Friday 9th July 2021
Brook Manor, Buckfastleigh, Dartmoor


Saturday 10th July 2021
Challacombe Farm, near Postbridge, Dartmoor

Chris Riley is running two scythe training days for Moor Meadows. Scythes are a low tech, low carbon and quiet alternative to a noisy machine. A modern lightweight continental scythe is surprisingly effective for mowing small wild flower meadows, as well as controlling bracken, brambles, verges and even lawns. Austrian scythes used on the course are readily adjustable and very light. This workshop is designed for beginners but will also be good for those who have mowed before but would welcome further instruction, or a refresher.

Austrian scythes will be provided for all participants to use on the day. The day will be run Covid compliant, tools sanitised, and numbers restricted to just eight participants.

There will be instruction on how to set up a scythe optimally, how to keep it sharp, and how to mow with an efficient movement.

Austrian scythe equipment will be also be available to purchase.

The history of the scythe and its use in management will be discussed.

COURSE FEE: £45, includes borrowing an Austrian scythe.

Places are limited to 8 participants – so if you would like to come book your place now.
HOW TO BOOK: email

Photo: David Atwell. Scything workshop, Brimpts Farm