Wadhurst Park - Landscape revival for wildlife and people in the High Weald

Thursday, 18th of July 2019 – Down to last spaces

Friday, 19th of July 2019 – Fully booked

£5 contribution to Wadhurst Community Gardens

Please email info@wadhurstpark.com to book your place

This one day practical course run by Chris Riley introduces the participant to the basic techniques of using a scythe safely and efficiently to help manage small areas of wildflower grassland. The course covers how to set your scythe up to suit your personal requirements and also how to sharpen the blade of your scythe.

The course will also cover the basic principles of creating small wildflower grasslands including species selection, seed collecting, producing plant plugs, site preparation, control of weed species, and on-going management requirements.

Chris Riley has a wide-ranging expertise in the use of the scythe, and has won awards for quality mowing in competitions. He is committed to the promotion of the scythe, as a prime example of a low tech, low carbon alternative.


9.30am: Arrivals, registration and coffee


The course is based around lightweight Austrian scythes. Instruction is provided on the three interacting factors that make for successful mowing:

12.30-13.15 Lunch

1.30-3.30pm: Other areas that will be covered include:

15.30 Depart

Please email info@wadhurstpark.com to book your place