Autumn mowing to restore balance

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[…]

12th West Country Scythe Festival Competition Results 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[…]

Scythe Improvers’ Course 2016

Why Struggle?  Learn how to get your blades sharper and to scythe expertly at the IMPROVERS’ COURSE at the West Country Scythe Fair Friday 10 and Saturday 11 June  for • mowers with some experience who want to develop their skills; • team leaders managing volunteers or staff; • people who want to teach scythe Read more about Scythe Improvers’ Course 2016[…]

Equinox – time to ‘spring clean’ meadows

Around the spring equinox, with daytime air and soil temperatures rising, the meadows begin to wake from their winter slumber. Fresh green grass shoots appear, yellow rattle germinates and cowslip heads start to push upwards. Meadows benefit from some attention at this time to set them up for easier mowing later in the summer and also Read more about Equinox – time to ‘spring clean’ meadows[…]

Scything in the city (in Austria)

Editors note:  This post was written by Klaus Kirchner.  His blog is Klaus is interested in a piece for his blog about the green scythe fair and how it has created a ‘scything community.’  Can anyone help? I’m not sure I (Beth) can manage it with a new baby. Austria is the place where the scythe on the Read more about Scything in the city (in Austria)[…]

A Welsh Whetstone Holiday in Snowdonia

There is something particularly satisfying about the feel and action of a good natural stone which a coarse synthetic cannot match. Simon Fairlies’ article in Windrow 9 (Feb 2015) highlighted the endangered status of quality natural whetstones, particularly two favourite stones the Bregenzer and Rozsutec.  I also enjoyed reading the reports by Dutchman Henk Bos Read more about A Welsh Whetstone Holiday in Snowdonia[…]