NHBS (Totnes)

Everything for wildlife, science & environment. Equipment from hand lenses to moth traps, books on insects to hedge management.

Small walk behind scythe

The shop is HS Hire in Teignmouth and it’s essentially a walk-behind unit that normally has a rotavator attached to it, but they swap it out for the scythe attachment. It’s small enough to fit in a panel van or on a trailer. It’s £50 a day/£60 for two days (as at August 2020), and not much more for a week.

HS Hire and Sales Limited
Broadmeadow Industrial Estate
Devon TQ14 9AE


Tel: 01626 778000

Suppliers of Wooden Hay rakes

Wooden Hay Rakes

Can also try:

Emersgate Seeds


Useful tip: It’s a good idea to soak the rake head in water for 10 minutes or so before raking in order to make the wood swell slightly. The teeth can sometimes drop out of their holes in the head when raking and get lost in amongst the raked  hay. If you’re storing a rake in a dry shed etc it can lead to the teeth shrinking very slightly and becoming loose.



Traditional Hay Rakes

Beautiful, lightweight ash hayrakes make raking up the grass a joy. Made by Rudds in Cumbria, the last commercial hay rake maker in Britain.

More Resources help and information



A local network of organisations and individuals with skills and services to help those members who would like help managing their grasslands and boundaries

Orchid walk at Deer Park Farm

Courses and Workshops

Links to organisations providing useful courses and workshops

Videos: Talks and Workshops

Online videos of some of our talks and workshops

'Meadows' by George Peterken

Recommended Books

Catch up on your reading when the British weather means you can't be out in the meadow!


Links to a wide range of interesting, useful and informative websites and online resources

Seed Suppliers

Organisations and companies supplying seeds for meadow creation

PDFs and Other Downloads

Links to online PDF files for download

Meadow people

Other Meadows Groups

Links to other meadows groups around the country


Online audio podcasts related to meadows