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[…]

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[…]

West Country Scythe Festival Competition Results 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[…]

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[…]

11th West Country Scythe Festival Competition Results 2015

5 x 5 metre Results This years final was particularly exciting as only 3 seconds separated the three fastest mowers and all were equal favourites to win based on past years’ performances. It all came down to quality (on which they were not so close!) and on the decisions of the judges. Overall Champion Time Quality Read more about 11th West Country Scythe Festival Competition Results 2015[…]

West Country Scythe Championship time!

      A reminder from last year of the competition ahead… (Photos  and montage by Dave Oxford ) Overall Joint Champions: Simon Damant and George Montague             Third place Overall (with English Scythe!) : Mark Allery …Also English Scythe Champion         Ladies Champion for fifth year running was Andi Read more about West Country Scythe Championship time![…]

10th West Country Scythe Championship Results

Below are the full set of results in plot order from this years championship. I will update this post with photos and placings in due course. Well done all! Name Time Quality Olga Damant 09:11 9 Amy Willoughby 04:33 2 Andi Rickard 03:01 7 Jo Green 04:36 5 Paul MacKendrick 05:00 1 Damon Green 03:07 6.5 Beth Read more about 10th West Country Scythe Championship Results[…]

Training – the most important item in a scythers tool box

Scything and grassland management courses run through flora locale last year proved very popular.  So much so that this year’s scythe courses are headline courses for flora locale’s 2014 training programme, and have been increased with both myself and Clive Leeke running flora locale scythe courses.  Other scythe instructors have also reported similar increase in Read more about Training – the most important item in a scythers tool box[…]

The English Scythe Revisited

In recent years hundreds of us have enthusiastically welcomed the Austrian scythe on to our small holdings, gardens and nature reserves.  We have discovered how this scythe really is a most efficient and practical tool, and is a joy to use.  This scythe revival in Britain has re-equipped people to be able to tackle those Read more about The English Scythe Revisited[…]