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A one day course

Saturday 17th September 2016, 10am – 4pm

at Trosnant, Llandrindod Wells and the Llandrindod Pomarium Community Orchard

We aim to manage the orchard in as sustainable way as possible and part of the maintenance we have to do is cutting the grass! To that end, we've organised a course in the orchard on scything, both for our volunteers and for anyone else who'd like to learn the technique to use in their own gardens or other projects. No prior experience necessary!
 
At the moment there is a scything revival in Britain. This wonderful tool is a great replacement for the mower or strimmer. 
It produces no noise, vibration or fumes & is a joy to use.  Scythes can cut tough plants such as brambles, bracken, nettles & saplings through to fine grasses, lawns & wild meadows.
 
This one day course covers:
  • How to set up the scythe for your body dimensions
  • Selecting the right blade for the job
  • Altering the angle of the blade
  • How to sharpen the blade
  • How to mow with ease & flow!
  • Later in the day we cover how to repair blades & have a go at ‘peening’ the blade with the peening jig. 
Austrian scythes will be available to use but if you have your own scythe feel free to bring it along. 
 
Our experienced tutor for the day is Andrea Gilpin, who also runs courses in her beautiful wildflower meadow near Presteigne, and teaches volunteers for the conservation charity Caring for God's Acre.
 
Thanks to the support of the Powys Transition and Low Carbon Communities network, we're able to subsidise the cost of the course for Powys residents. The fee for the day will be £20 if you live in Powys (£42 for others). Teas and coffees and all necessary equipment will be provided.

The course is now fully booked, but if you would be interested in doing a scything course in the future, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let us know, so that we can judge whether there is enough demand for us to put on another one.

 
 
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