Carymoor Environmental Trust

An Introduction to Scything - 29th & 30th May

An Introduction to Scything - 29th & 30th May

An Introduction to Scything - 29th & 30th May

Posted On 29th Mar 2018 - by Rupert Farthing

We are pleased to be running a 2 day scything course which will be run by experienced scythesman, Chris Riley.


Scythe courses are based around lightweight Austrian scythes. Instruction is provided on the three interacting factors that make for successful mowing:

• how to set up the grips correctly for the user’s proportions
• how to keep the edge sharp
• how to mow with a movement that is efficient for the body and effective in cutting the vegetation


Throughout the training there are some important safety considerations, because of the razor sharp blades of course. Safe procedures are described for using the scythe, and for handling the blades on and off the snath. Cut resistant gloves are provided where appropriate.

The course programme also includes the following:
• introduction to the course
• history of the scythe
• comparison of English and continental scythes
• description & parts of a scythe
• principles of movement
• how to effectively hone the edge with a whetstone
• adjustment of blade angles, according to mowing circumstances
• different blades for different purposes
• theory of peening (shaping the edge by hammering)
• peening practice, using different methods
• maintenance and repair of blades
• managing meadows, and other vegetation, with scythes
• hay making by hand, using racks and hand baler


Booking essential: e-mail or phone 01963 351350 to find out more.

All participants must be aged 19 or over and been a resident of England for the past 3 years. This is a free course funded by SS&L.

We're always on the look out for people with time to spare!

Whether that's the odd hour, a regular day or even a longer work experience placement, your time is very valuable to us. Our growing team of volunteers makes a vital contribution both at the centre and at events across the county.