22nd February 2011


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Scything With A View

Tuesday 25 – Friday 28 July 2023

The Stiperstones NNR, Shropshire Hills

[the crew in 2022]

A week of bracken and grass mowing at a different location (view) each day. Cheap camping available very locally, scything generally in the morning and then options to explore the area or a bit of peening in the afternoon. This is running Tuesday to Friday, following a scythe course on the Monday. BBQ Friday afternoon.

Contact simon.cooter@naturalengland.org.uk to let me know if you are coming along.

3rd Orcop Hill Scythe Festival, Hereford

Thursday 27 to Sunday 30 July 2023

Four days of scythe related activities in David’s wildflower meadow.  In 2022 Champion Scyther Peter Blackwell said this was “the best scything he had ever enjoyed”.

Basic camping available with camp fires and shared food. Everyone participating gets a free commemorative mug.

To book contact David Kuegler (david.kuegler@btinternet.com)

The Plock Scything Festival

Saturday 12 August 2023   10:00 – 15:00 

The Plock, Kyle of Lochalsh, IV40 8AZ, Scotland

A new local tradition, our third scything festival will take place on the wildflower meadows of the Plock on the 12th of August. Join in with the community mow, team mowing event, competition, and make the most of the scythe shop, the peening demonstrations, and taster sessions for beginners. Alongside music, activities for children, local food and drink, second hand shop and a craft market, there’s something for everyone!

For more information contact Heather Beaton (heather.beaton@lochalsh.uk) or visit www.lochalsh.uk

Merlindale Nature Festival

Saturday 19 August 2023   2.00 pm – 6.00 pm

Drumelzier, Peebles ML12 6JD

There will be a scything workshop with Rob Brodie, and Billy Anderson from Fingerpost Farms will also be there cutting the meadow with his horses and mower.

Also there will be a bio blitz as well as attendance by the Tweed Forum, Tweed Foundation, Peebles Bee Group, Borders Organic Gardeners, Southern Upland Partnership, Scottish Wildlife Trust, Borders Forest Trust and many others. See web site for more information:


The post code for the event is ML12 6JD and parking will be at Drumelzier on the B712 which is between Dawyck botanic gardens and Broughton.

There will be the possibility of scything instruction in the morning from 10.00 am. To register an interest in that please email David Lintott dlintott@merlindalenature.com


International Peening Day 2024

Sun 7 April 2024 (First Sunday in April)

International Peening Day is an ‘everywhere-event’ – it’s aims are to remind people to prepare their scythes in advance of the mowing season and provide support by encouraging them to get together to peen together. You can share experiences online via the SABI Facebook or email groups.

Green Scythe Fair ‘GSF24’

Provisional date Sun 9 June 2024 (Second Sunday in June) 11.00 am – 11.00 pm

Incorporating the 18th West Country Scythe Festival

Thorney Lakes, Somerset TA10 0DW

The premier scything event in the UK. Scythe championship, scythe and haymaking events, crafts, stalls, music, speakers, kids area, local food and drink.

For more information go to  http://www.greenfair.org.uk