In the UK there is a scythe renaissance taking place as more and more people discover the joys of working with this efficient tool for managing the land.
Put down your strimmer; no more ear defenders, visor, noise, petrol fumes or fiddling about trying to get the string to feed properly. Just the sound of the birds and the swish of your blade slicing through the grass (or brambles, or nettles or even tiny trees). My mowing is gentle no-impact exercise based on tai-chi and suitable for everyone. Whether you’ve an orchard, meadow, allotment or just a small lawn the scythe will turn ‘cutting the grass’ from a chore into a event you look forward to. Why not book on a course for this year?
I first mowed in the Pyrennes in 2001 and was immediately hooked. I have been involved in the UK scene since it started in 2005 and am Training Coordinator for the Scythe Association (Britain & Ireland). I travel regularly to Austria and around Europe to work with scythe experts, teach various scythe courses around the UK and manage Scytherspace, the mowers blog where you can find out more.