A SCYTHING course for beginners will be held at the Aston Rowant National Nature Reserve, near Watlington,
A SCYTHING course for beginners will be held at the Aston Rowant National Nature Reserve, near Watlington, on Saturday, July 9.
The course, which is run by Natural England and the Chilterns Conservation Board, is open to anyone interested in learning the traditional way to manage wildflower meadows, nature reserves, churchyards, orchards and nettle patches.
The trainer is Nigel Adams who has scythed the wildflower meadow on Prince Charles’s estate at Highgrove and in 2013 was nominated by the Prince as one of his rural heroes.
The course will use lightweight, adjustable Austrian scythes and will cover how to set up the scythe, fit individual height and build and how to maintain and sharpen it as well as mowing techniques.
Mr Adams said: “It is remarkable what a modern scythe can be used for.
“Although it can be hard work, it is actually very rewarding to look back on an acre of field cut entirely by hand.
“It is quiet, pollution-free and is probably quicker and cheaper than a strimmer.”
For more information, call Neil Jackson at the board on 01844 355523 or visit www.chilternsaonb.org/events