Oh! What a Lovely Sward!

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Last weekend I visited the East of England Scything Festival, held every year at the amazing National Trust property of Wimpole Hall, hoping to find out more about the use of the scythe for wildlife and conservation meadows.

All in all, a very picturesque event in good company at a scenic location …

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This year the camp was beautifully – if remotely – situated, on the far hill near the Folly.

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Scythes are on sale. There are also courses available.

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Many different blades for different uses such as nettle clearance, as well as mowing the meadow.

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Competitors line up for the start of a competition.

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Last one off the field.

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Man against machine …

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Man is the victor!

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A good upright stance, very relaxed.

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Top class hay. And clean as a whistle giving a great start for next year’s weed-free crop of wildflowers and good grasses.

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About Sadeik

You may ask why "Sadeik" well it means friend in arabic. Worked in Jordan a lot doing tree surgery you see. I have worked in forestry since I left school with a two years in Telecom. Went back to forestry and tree surgery as it may not have paid as much but was far more interesting and dangerous. Spent a lot of years mountaineering, caving and canoeing too. At 29 I went to Bangor University to study Forestry and soil science then did an MSc in Water engineering all very interesting. By a quirk of fate in 1995 ended up helping sort out the woodland and park at Wimpole, funny thing was then I only intended to stay six months or so, but 18 years later I'm still here learning all the time. That's the best bit, if I wasn't able to learn something new every year I would not have stayed and as you get older you realise that the grass is not so green in the next field after all. In fact my patch is getting greener while much of the rest is getting browner.
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