SABI Somerset Green Scythe Workshop Report

12th -13th June 2021 Thorney Lakes, Muchelney, Somerset.The aim of this gathering was to bring together SABI committee members, scythe event hosts and volunteers, scythe instructors and leading scythe competitors; to share their experiences and plan for future events. This workshop was restricted to 30 participants by covid necessity. Saturday started soon after sunrise with Read more about SABI Somerset Green Scythe Workshop Report[…]

Opportunities to prepare for the coming mowing season and have your scythe questions answered!

Opportunities for scythe-folk around the country to meet up face to face are still somewhat limited by the pandemic. But please don’t despair, things are looking better for the summer! In anticipation of this we have organised two spring events that can still run and connect people remotely via the wonders of internet technology. International Read more about Opportunities to prepare for the coming mowing season and have your scythe questions answered![…]

Scythe Association: 10 years on – still here and still mowing!

This year’s SABI annual winter gathering was a most auspicious occasion as it marked 10 years since we first got together to organise ourselves into an association based around our (then comparatively new) shared passion for scythes. Our aim was to encourage others to join us and grow the movement. I am very pleased to Read more about Scythe Association: 10 years on – still here and still mowing![…]

Northern Scythe Championship Results 2019

  Overall Northern open champion Time                Quality (mins.secs) Andy Coleman               0.52           7             1st George Montague       1.53           7             2nd Kevin Austin                   1.52           6             3rd   Quality and veteran mowing champion   Jim McVittie                   2.23           8   Northern local champion   Peter Blackwell             4.06           6.5 Ken Jaquiery                  5.07           7.5          Local Read more about Northern Scythe Championship Results 2019[…]

Eastern Counties Scythe Competition Results 2019

5 x 5m  Eastern Counties Trophy                                              Time             Quality       Placing                                     (min.secs)                                     /notes     Chris Riley                       Read more about Eastern Counties Scythe Competition Results 2019[…]

Green Scythe Fair Championship results 2019

  Mowers faced typical Somerset level grass at the Green scythe fair this year: lush and heavy! The grass cut easily enough, as shown by the decent times recorded by mowers in the 5 x 5 metre plots. The main challenge competitors faced was partially laid grass pushed in a variety of directions by the Read more about Green Scythe Fair Championship results 2019[…]

Monty Don “Scythes cut grass very well”

In his new book ‘Down to Earth’ Monty Don has commented: “You don’t have to use a machine – scythes cut grass very well.”  This observation has sparked a surprisingly reactionary response from fellow gardening correspondents and garden machinery representatives. Monty’s assertion that scythes cut grass very well is factually true; it is indeed quite Read more about Monty Don “Scythes cut grass very well”[…]