Category Archives: Reed cutting and other uses

East and west country reed cutting by scythe – Winter 2014

West country commercial reed harvesting with a scythe.  by Chris Riley In January 2014 I was contracted to harvest reed from the bank of the river Exe near Topsham Lock, south of Exeter. The intended use of the reed on a thatched … Continue reading

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Winter Scythe meeting : Cutting Norfolk Reed

On a pleasant bright winters day seven SABI scythers gathered in a Norfolk reedbed for an opportunity to get their scythes out of hibernation for a bit of out-of-season mowing. Seven SABI Scythers standing in a swamp The aim was to mow a section … Continue reading

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Reedbeed and Fen Management with scythes

Traditionally the vegetation of reedbeds, fens and marshes is harvested to provide thatching materials as well as feed and bedding for animals.  These wetland habitats, like their drier-land cousins meadow and pasture, depend on cutting or grazing to maintain their … Continue reading

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