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. I also offer a scything service if you would prefer me to do the mowing, and land and grazing management advice for a range of habitats. I am a dedicated environmentalist, and have spent much of my working life employed within the wildlife and conservation movement. 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.

Whilst I mainly offer my services in Oxfordshire and the surrounding counties, I can also travel further afield on request. More details about my training and other services can be found on the Courses page, or by contacting me.

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, training, 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.

Nicole scything
Nicole scything © Leigh Tyrer