Promote scythe use
To individuals, government, local authorities, community groups and national organizations
Amongst mowers, and between mowers and landowners and other sectors
Skills and equipment
Improve mowing skills through training and the broadcast of information and maintain standards of manufacture and supply of scythes and ancilliary equipment
To promote the study of the history of the scythe and allied technologies
These islands are blessed with one of the best grass growing climates in the world, so grassland management has always been a necessary activity - whether for feeding livestock through the winter by haymaking, or for keeping on top of lawns and wayside weeds. Scythes are once again being used in public parks and gardens, wildlife reserves, stately homes, allotments and meadows throughout these islands. The scything revival is flourishing, not least because of its benefits to health - fresh air and exercise, the quiet enjoyment of nature, and the sense of satisfaction that comes from real work done well.
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[…]
A video for your amusement, Jim McVittie suggested the Morris men and a fine additional they were.
Community scything and another competition, in the NW, free to all.
A short video of the team races at the West Country scything festival 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[…]
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[…]
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[…]
Editors note: This post was written by Klaus Kirchner. His blog is www.schnitter.info. 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)[…]
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[…]