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

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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.

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.

Dates for this 2024 courses:

Scything refresher and peening workshop (2 x half day courses)

Thursday 4th July 2024 (AM & PM sessions) – Book here AM session  and PM session

Ticket Price £15

If you have been using your scythe for a while, and would now like to improve mowing technique and blade sharpness, then this half day workshop is for you.

Peening (hammering the edge to make it thinner) is a technique characteristic of continental scythe blades (ie NOT traditional English blades). Learn how to peen, and how peening fits into general blade sharpening and maintenance.

am course 9.30-12.30 (arrival by 9.15 for registration and coffee)

pm course 1.30-4.30 (arrival by 1.15 for registration and coffee)

Workshop content:

Bring your own scythe preferably, though equipment can also be provided for eg peening practice. The workshop will cover the following:

Practical scything for managing wildflower meadows

Friday 5th July 2024 (8 spaces) – Book here

Saturday 6th July 2024 (8 spaces) – Book here

Ticket price £20


9.30am: Arrivals, registration and coffee

10:00-12.30: Introduction to the scythe 

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: Scythe practice and maintenance

Other areas that will be covered include:

15.30/16:00 Depart

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