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[…]

Eastern Counties mowing results 2012

Individual sprint mowing events On average, the grass this summer at Wimpole was easier to mow than in 2011. The thinner areas were still very very difficult to cut well, particularly as cutting progressed and the effects of good peening began to wear off. Results shown as: time (mins.secs), quality (10= best) and adjusted time (15 sec Read more about Eastern Counties mowing results 2012[…]

Wimpole Scythe Competition Results 2011

It is nearly time for the 5th Eastern Counties Scything and Smallholding Weekend held at Wimpole Hall (NT) near Cambridge  23-24 June 2012. As a reminder of the fun and excitement had last year here are the full (previously unpublished) results and report from the event host Simon Damant with youtube video links to see more. video Field Read more about Wimpole Scythe Competition Results 2011[…]

One-to-One Scythe Tuition at Somerset Scythe Festival

Christiane Lechner and Steve Tomlin will be running a small number of one-to-one workshops in mowing and peening at this year’s Somerset Scythe Festival on 16-17 June 2012 at Thorney Lakes, Muchelney. You can learn to improve your scything with individual attention and detailed tuition or and learn to peen the blade under expert supervision. Read more about One-to-One Scythe Tuition at Somerset Scythe Festival[…]

Albanian scythesman ‘Ded’ wins at 2011 Eastern Counties scything competition

The 4th Eastern counties Scything Competition at Wimpole Hall Estate near Cambridge was the best yet!  We were pleased to welcome additional contenders from the South and West, fired up with success in the west country, hoping to take the trophy (as ‘number one seed’ Simon Damant is the event host and therefore does not Read more about Albanian scythesman ‘Ded’ wins at 2011 Eastern Counties scything competition[…]