Wild Meadow

Shepherd's hut and Eco-cottage accommodation in the Welsh Borders

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



scything courses

Learn to scythe - beginners
Saturday 12th May
Sunday 24th June
Saturday 11th August
(more dates may follow)

Scythe course for improvers
Sunday 22nd July
(More dates may follow)


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.

I have been teaching scything for over 12 years & currently run a beginners course which 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 will be revisiting the essentials and then fine tuning 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. 

One to one tuition can also be given.

A day long course costs £50 (to include cake & refreshments)
10am to 4pm
Please bring your own lunch

(concessionary rate available)

I am 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."