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Learn to Scythe at Combe Grove

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Come and join us for this fun and interactive one day workshop to learn about the benefits of using a scythe, from environmental conservation to individual health and wellbeing.

About the Scythe

Using a scythe can be quiet, effective and fun, if you have the know-how. The scythe has been used since Roman times for cutting vegetation at ground level. A modern scythe is surprisingly effective for mowing small meadows, weeds such as nettles, grassy verges and even lawns.

About the Course

Lightweight continental scythes are fuelling the renaissance of this efficient tool, and this type of adjustable scythe will be used on the course. You will learn how to set the scythe up for different conditions, how to keep the blade sharp and how to mow ergonomically.

Instruction is provided on how to set up a scythe optimally for a person’s stature, how to keep it sharp, and how to mow with an efficient movement.

There is an emphasis on safety around the very sharp blades. The safety of the operative and of others, during use, handling and sharpening will be emphasized, and cut resistant gloves provided.

About the Instructor

Chris Riley is an experienced scythesman and scythe trainer. His background is in nature reserve management, and in the instruction of volunteer groups. He is committed to the promotion of the scythe, as a prime example of a low tech, low carbon alternative, and is Membership Secretary of the Scythe Association of Britain and Ireland.

What to bring on the day

Combe Grove are providing a light lunch- please advise us of any dietary requirements before you arrive. No protective clothing is required. Cut resistant gloves will be provided.

The course is based around lightweight Austrian scythes. A set will provided to each participant, but if you have your own you can bring it along.

Chris is supplying Austrian scythes to buy at the end of the course should you wish.

£65 per person. Please call 01225 834644 to book your place on this event or email

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