Wild Meadow

Holiday cottage and Shepherd's hut in the Welsh Borders

Shepherd's Hut and Cottage, self catering accommodation in the Welsh Boarders, Mid Wales



scything courses 2019

Learn to scythe - beginners
Sunday 2nd June
Thursday 15th August
(more dates to be confirmed)

Scythe course for improvers
Sunday 14th July
(please contact if you would prefer a one to one session)

One to one tuition available for both beginners and improvers

The days will take place here at Wild Meadow where we have a variety of vegetation and conditions to practice on - from fine flat flowery meadow areas, to rough grass and bracken on a 45 degree slope! We will practice scything around trees and in small areas such as the kitchen garden. The day will also cover how to establish and manage a wildflower meadow.


four people walking with scythes

At the moment there is a scything revival in Britain. This wonderful tool is a great replacement for the mower or strimmer. 

It produces no noise, vibration or fumes & is a joy to use.  Scythes can cut tough plants such as brambles, bracken, nettles & saplings, through to fine grasses, lawns & wild meadows.

The beginners course covers:

  • How to set up the scythe for your body dimensions

  • Selecting the right blade for the job

  • Altering the angle of the blade

  • How to sharpen the blade

  • How to mow with ease & flow!

Later in the day we cover how to repair blades & have a go at ‘peening’ the blade with the peening jig. 

For the improvers scythe course we revisit the scything essentials and then fine tune your individual technique to make sure your mowing is effective and comfortable. We will also have a go at freehand peening.

Austrian scythes will be available to use but if you have your own scythe feel free to bring it along.  We also sell scythes and scythe equipment.

One to one tuition also available.

A day long course costs £55 (to include cake & refreshments)
10am to 4pm
Please bring your own lunch

(concessionary rates available)

Andrea has been scythe training for 14 years and is a teaching member of the Scything Association of Britain & Ireland

"Fantastic day. I came able to hack and now I can elegantly mow"

"Very many thanks for a great day yesterday. Learnt lots, met my new scythe, lovely people, gorgeous tree, beautiful day! Heaven."