Scythe Association: 10 years on – still here and still mowing!

This year’s SABI annual winter gathering was a most auspicious occasion as it marked 10 years since we first got together to organise ourselves into an association based around our (then comparatively new) shared passion for scythes. Our aim was to encourage others to join us and grow the movement. I am very pleased to Read more about Scythe Association: 10 years on – still here and still mowing![…]

Scottish Scything Festival Results 2019

The last weekend of July 2019 saw the first ever Scottish Scything Festival take place at Blackhaugh Community Farm in Perthshire. 120 people, including 20 or so children gathered for a day of talks, demonstrations, taster sessions, scythe sales and of course a scything competition. The afternoon’s competition had 29 entrants and in spite of Read more about Scottish Scything Festival Results 2019[…]

Northern Scythe Championship Results 2019

  Overall Northern open champion Time                Quality (mins.secs) Andy Coleman               0.52           7             1st George Montague       1.53           7             2nd Kevin Austin                   1.52           6             3rd   Quality and veteran mowing champion   Jim McVittie                   2.23           8   Northern local champion   Peter Blackwell             4.06           6.5 Ken Jaquiery                  5.07           7.5          Local Read more about Northern Scythe Championship Results 2019[…]

Eastern Counties Scythe Competition Results 2019

5 x 5m  Eastern Counties Trophy                                              Time             Quality       Placing                                     (min.secs)                                     /notes     Chris Riley                       Read more about Eastern Counties Scythe Competition Results 2019[…]

Green Scythe Fair Championship results 2019

  Mowers faced typical Somerset level grass at the Green scythe fair this year: lush and heavy! The grass cut easily enough, as shown by the decent times recorded by mowers in the 5 x 5 metre plots. The main challenge competitors faced was partially laid grass pushed in a variety of directions by the Read more about Green Scythe Fair Championship results 2019[…]

New generation scythers

A regular topic of conversation at scythe meetings is how to engage more of the younger generation in scything, and indeed in practical rural activities generally. It is not difficult to see why the demographic for scything is biased to more mature users.  It’s a fact, for example, that active participation in voluntary conservation and Read more about New generation scythers[…]

Monty Don “Scythes cut grass very well”

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”[…]