24th February 2011

Courses

Scythe Courses 2021

This page is managed by Steve Tomlin, SABI Training Coordinator. For enquiries please contact Steve: stevetomlin8@gmail.com

Courses by region

Teachers marked * have attended the Scythe Teachers’ course held at the Somerset Scythe Festival. This 2 day course teaches is taught by Simon Fairlie, Christiane Laganda, Phil Batten and Steve Tomlin. It covers the methods and practicalities of teaching the use of the scythe including a strong emphasis on safety. Attendance on the course does not imply recommendation of a teacher by the Scythe Association.

Somerset Scythe Festival 2021

Scottish Scything Festival 2021


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North England

Steve Tomlin* Manchester stevetomlin8@gmail.com
SteveTomlinCrafts.co.uk/learn-to-scythe
Practical, fun courses covering all the skills to use and maintain your scythe. I am an internationally respected scythe expert, author of ‘Learn to Scythe’  and sell scythe kits. I can travel to teach you or your group at your venue. Subscribe to my newsletter for more dates.

  • 4 June 2021, Slaidburn, Lancashire
  • 23 July 2021, Slaidburn Lancashire
  • 5 August 2021, Chapel-le-Dale, Yorkshire
  • Peening workshop tbc at Slaidburn, Lancashire
  • Email stevetomlin8@gmail.com  to book
Offering courses for groups or one to one courses for individuals who want to be more eco-friendly.

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Wales & Borders

Simon Cooter*, Shropshire, 01743 792294 or simon.cooter@naturalengland.org.uk
Site manager for the Stiperstones National Nature Reserve, courses are usually run from the nature reserve base where practice can be carried out on a variety of vegetation and slopes.

Philip Batten*, Dyfed Permaculture Farm Trust, Carmarthenshire
info@scythecymru.co.uk  www.scythecymru.co.uk
Learn to scythe or improve your skills. Workshops give you – hands on experience; a chance to “try before you buy” or get your own scythe set up well; a visit to a smallholding where the scythe is integral to the management and is used year round in a variety of situations.

  • Introductory Scythe Courses. See our website for 2021 dates.
  • Peening and Sharpening Workshops. See our website for 2021 dates.

David Kuegler* Hereford david.kuegler@btinternet.com
Day course covers everything to make you happy & efficient with your scythe through to maintaining a sharp peened edge. I sell full scythe kits, all oiled and peened!

  • Courses every other week @ Parry’s Field Orcop or clients meadow
  • Full Meadow scything festival Aug 27-29 @ Parry’s Field
  • Scything/cider weekend in Hay on Wye. Date tbc

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South West England

Simon Fairlie *, Dorset/Devon
Two day course in scything, including  peening freehand and with jig,  haymaking by hand and some aspects of grassland management. Lunch is included. Accommodation and other meals are available on site. Begins Friday evening 14 May. Ends 5pm Sunday 16 May.
For information about the course content: scythes@myphone.coop. For prices, booking etc: info@monktonwyldcourt.org, 01297 560342, https://monktonwyldcourt.co.uk

Andi Rickard* Somerset  andirickard@me.com 0758 1239453
Current UK scythe champion. Ladies champion for 9 years.
Nine years experience teaching scythe skills throughout the South West.
Will travel further afield. Course dates and venues booked by arrangement. One-to-one sessions, couples or group bookings.
Go to www.somersetscytheschool.com for more details and how to apply.

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South East England

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East Anglia

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Scotland

Steve Tomlin*
SteveTomlinCrafts.co.uk  stevetomlin8@gmail.com 
Steve has taught several courses in Scotland, as far north as Caithness. Email to book a group workshop at your own venue and Steve will travel to you which is much more economical. Read about ascythe course near Ellen, Aberdeenshire. 

Rob Brodie, Fife, robmaculture@yahoo.co.uk,

Beginners and Improvers scything workshops suitable for anyone interested in using a scythe to manage green spaces. Please email to arrange a workshop and for more information. Also visit http://quietertimes.org  for more details and to see current workshop dates.

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Ireland

Susanne Raven, Co. Cork, Ireland, 00353-86-2132035, office@susanneraven.iehttp://www.susanneraven.ie
There are currently no courses available in Ireland, to my knowledge. However, the more people voice their interest, the more likely it is we’ll make courses happen in future. Do get in contact. You’re also welcome to join the facebook page An Faobhar – Scythe Group Ireland.

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Channel Islands

Fiona Pollock * Guernsey, Channel Islands. fionpollockuk@yahoo.co.uk
Based in Guernsey but willing to island hop upon discussion. Individual and group lessons available upon request. I stock and sell scythe kits. Contact for more information : fionapollockuk@yahoo.co.uk

 

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National

If you have a group of friends and your own grass, the following teachers can be booked to come and teach at your own location.

Steve Tomlin* Manchesterstevetomlin8@gmail.com
stevetomlincrafts.co.uk/learn-to-scythe
Courses across the UK for beginners and improvers , run by an internationally respected mower and tutor. I have been teaching since 2010 and am the author of the Learn to Scythe book, the first practical instruction manual for the Austrian scythe.

Andi Rickard* Somerset  andirickard@me.com 0758 1239453
Current UK scythe champion. Ladies champion for 9 years.
Nine years experience teaching scythe skills throughout the South West.
Will travel further afield. Course dates and venues booked by arrangement. One-to-one sessions, couples or group bookings.
Go to www.somersetscytheschool.com for more details and how to apply.

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