Promote scythe use
To individuals, government, local authorities, community groups and national organizations
Amongst mowers, and between mowers and landowners and other sectors
Skills and equipment
Improve mowing skills through training and the broadcast of information and maintain standards of manufacture and supply of scythes and ancilliary equipment
To promote the study of the history of the scythe and allied technologies
These islands are blessed with one of the best grass growing climates in the world, so grassland management has always been a necessary activity - whether for feeding livestock through the winter by haymaking, or for keeping on top of lawns and wayside weeds. Scythes are once again being used in public parks and gardens, wildlife reserves, stately homes, allotments and meadows throughout these islands. The scything revival is flourishing, not least because of its benefits to health - fresh air and exercise, the quiet enjoyment of nature, and the sense of satisfaction that comes from real work done well.
International Peening Day, on the first Sunday of April, is a perfect opportunity to prepare and test blades on newly awoken grass in the meadow in readiness for the coming season. This is a personal blog post account of International Peening Day 2018. It was indeed quite a personal event for me, falling as it did Read more about Peening Days[…]
In his new book ‘Down to Earth’ Monty Don has commented: “You don’t have to use a machine – scythes cut grass very well.” This observation has sparked a surprisingly reactionary response from fellow gardening correspondents and garden machinery representatives. Monty’s assertion that scythes cut grass very well is factually true; it is indeed quite Read more about Monty Don “Scythes cut grass very well”[…]
The European Scything Championships held near Shwytz/Brunnen in Switzerland was a first for any British competitors as Kevin Austin and Nigel Adams found themselves rather surprisingly entered. Here is their story. With Richard Brown and Simon Damant heading for Estonia this summer the other half of the Romania 2015 crew decided they had better find an Read more about European Scythe Championships , Switzerland 2017[…]
5 x 5 metre Results George Montague’s astonishing performance made him the clear undisputed champion for 2017. He mowed his plot in just 40 seconds! His time, breaking the one minute barrier, is a festival record time, and a personal best for George (George having mown a 1 minute time in 2013). Kevin’s time at one minute equals this Read more about West Country Scythe Festival Competition Results 2017[…]
Whilst midsummer hay time in June/July is undoubtedly the most important mowing event in the scything calendar, there is important work for the scythe in meadows both in spring (which I wrote about in the new year) and the aftermath regrowth of late summer and Autumn. Meadow and grassland which has regrown since the Read more about Autumn mowing to restore balance[…]
A video for your amusement, Jim McVittie suggested the Morris men and a fine additional they were.
Community scything and another competition, in the NW, free to all.
A short video of the team races at the West Country scything festival 2016.
5 x 5 metre Results As in last year year’s final only seconds separated the three fastest mowers. Kevin Austin emerged as the new undisputed champion with both the fastest time and best quality of the three. Mark Allery proved the English scythe by coming third; very close to former champion Simon Damant’s second place. Ladies Champion Andi Rickard was only just behind Read more about 12th West Country Scythe Festival Competition Results 2016[…]