The scythe, with its outstanding green credentials and health benefits for both body and mind, is a highly efficient tool and is regarded as the appropriate technology for a wide variety of situations, from hay meadows to reedbeds, and community orchards to gardens. In addition, the scythe is an extremely cost effective tool. Once set up with the basic kit no further outlay is required, and maintenance is simple and enjoyable. It is truly the tool for our times.
I provide training in the use, maintenance and joy of the Austrian scythe, within Oxfordshire and the nearby counties. I am a dedicated environmentalist, and have been employed within the wildlife and conservation movement for much of my working life. Over the years, I have been involved with a variety of organisations and individuals, including charities, councils, local voluntary groups and smallholders. I teach because I am passionate about everyone getting a good initial experience with scything. In addition to scythe training, I also offer practical land management advice for a range of habitats. More details about my training can be found on the Courses page.
If you haven’t yet discovered the Scythe Association of Britain and Ireland, do also visit their website – they promote and encourage scything in the UK, and are a fantastic resource for information, articles, events and connecting with others.
Nicole Clough, Joy of Scything
With thanks to Elene Walton for the header image, taken at Cuxham, Oxfordshire during a group evening of scything.