Scything a wildflower meadow for beekeeping

Scythes in a wildflower meadow for beekeeping
I love honey and am fascinated by the lives of bees but have always been slightly put off keeping them by the amount of intervention that conventional beekeeping entails. So it was fascinating to meet the Lune Valley Community Beekeepers and talk to them about their ‘natural beekeeping’ while teaching them how to scythe.
Scythes in a wildflower meadow for beekeeping

The group have taken on a site where they plan to build a resource centre and, in the meantime have planted a fantastic wildflower meadow with a mix of annual and perennial species.
Scythes in a wildflower meadow for beekeeping Scythes in a wildflower meadow for beekeeping

The meadow has been left until the end of the season to provide as much forage for the bees but was still a riot of colour. It was now time to cut the long meadow grass and I was happy to show them how to mow it using Austrian scythes.
Scythes in a wildflower meadow for beekeeping Scythes in a wildflower meadow for beekeeping

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About Steve Tomlin

I am a greenwood worker and scythe tutor. I carve spoons, bowls and other products from locally sourced greenwood. During the summer I teach scything around the UK.
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