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Scything with Steve Tomlin

Thu 6th August - £80

9.45am - 4.30pm approx. Price includes materials lunch and refreshments.
Please wear layers of warm clothing and sturdy footwear.

Book with Broadrake. Contact Rachel on 015242 41357;

Steve has been coming to Broadrake for several years now. On his first visit he taught us to scythe which has helped us keep our wildflower meadow and new native woodland areas under control. Following on from that he has run several more scything courses for beginners and improvers, and we are delighted to have him back to run this scything course in August.
He will be visiting Broadrake several more times this year to teach at a series of Greenwood Workshops. Check out his website here


The Austrian scythe is a modern, lightweight and simple tool, which manages vegetation where machinery is not possible or unsuitable; it is a more satisfying and peaceful method of cutting long grass and weeds. Course leader Steve Tomlin, has over 13 years' experience of mowing and 7 years of teaching experience. This workshop will cover setting up the Austrian scythe for you personally, setting the handle heights and blade angles correctly. Mowing posture, efficient scything practice and safe field sharpening methods will be taught with practical demonstrations in the hay meadow. Steve will also demonstrate 'peening' which is necessary to keep the blade edge in good working order.

There will also be opportunities to mow in more challenging areas with trees, banks and tougher vegetation.

If you don't already own a scythe you will have the opportunity on the day to purchase the scythe kit, which you have set up and worked with. Please bring cash/ cheque if this is something you wish to pursue (for more information on the kit and costs please view Steve's website -

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