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Scything the burial ground


This place deserves peace and quiet while mowing. Continue reading

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‘Tai-chi’ mowing with the scythe

A short video demonstrating the difference between mowing using your whole body to power the scythe. No frogs were harmed in the making of this film. Continue reading

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Good scythe posture

My mate Dave Oliver sent me this montage of images which he took from the video I made last year of mowing the orchard in order to examine my mowing style. Continue reading

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Learn to Scythe course 7th Sept 2014

Learn to scytheMy Learn to Scythe courses this year have been incredibly popular and booked up long in advance so, to try and accomodate the demand, I have organised an additional course on

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Learn to Scythe in the Yorkshire Dales

This weekend’s Learn to Scythe course was organised by the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust as part of their ongoing hay meadow project. Based at Keasden Head farm with terrific views of the Yorkshire Three Peaks 10 students took part over … Continue reading

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Mowing in the orchard

Lovely mowing conditions and the chance to cut a nice clean sward for hay making in the orchard at Sprint Mill. Peaceful and sustainable, it’s such a nice way to spend the morning and everyone can work at their own … Continue reading

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Hand hay making with the scythe

The meadows are full of activity this week as farmers take advantage of the incredible weather to make hay while the sun shines. At Sprint Mill it’s no different except that we are making hay by hand. On Monday I … Continue reading

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Scything two orchards and more tussocks

I was back to Bradwell Community Orchard in Derbyshire last weekend with another beginners scythe course. I taught a group there last year and it was great to see Ellie, Andy and Sally again, mowing well but keen to have … Continue reading

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Have scythes, will travel

As the spring finally arrives and the grass suddenly starts to grow many people get the idea that they’d like to learn to scythe, and quite right too. Lightweight, efficient, quiet and fun I’ve extolled the virtues of the scythe … Continue reading

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Dawn Mowing at Brantwood House

Time, once again, for the ‘dawn mowing’ at Brantwood, former home of John Ruskin.  Last year, Sally Beamish invited early-rising north west scythers to join her in the beautiful lakeside hay meadow, to mow and prepare for the first outdoor theatre … Continue reading

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