|30 Jul 2022 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
|Terra Firma, Cowfold
The SFTG is organising a hay making weekend (30/31st July) using traditional techniques. A scything workshop for beginners will be taught on the Saturday and then on the Sunday beginners and anyone else who would like to come and make hay will start scything (the more the merrier!). Austrian scythes are great for cutting grass but they are also incredibly good for tidying up areas of nettles, thistles, docks etc so even if you don’t have a hay meadow it’s a great technique for all smallholders to learn. There has also recently been a resurgence in the use of the English scythe. Marie-Angel Chevrier has kindly offered to host the event on her farm at Horsham. We would like to make this quite a large event – we plan to invite Frank Wright to teach how to scythe and you will be able to purchase a scythe on the day if you do not already own one, but if there is enough demand, we could also ask more teachers to come and assist. On the Sunday Marie-Angel will talk about sustainability and diversity, and we will learn how to use a small hand baler and how to build a hay rick. Marie-Angel has said we can camp overnight, if you would like to do so please talk to her ( 07875 628554). We will be offering £5 discounts and to couples but as our website struggles with this – it will be a cash refund on the day.
There is a separate website booking page for Sunday.
This is the programme for Saturday 30th July. Learning to Scythe & pasture management principles with the Scythe
9 am Introduction to the scythe and it’s handling, Austrian vs English, Assembly, Honing, Handling technique, Peening, Maintenance.
1 pm Lunch (SFTG will provide a ploughman’s lunch and cold drinks)
2 pm Pasture management with the scythe talk by Marie-Angel Chevrier
3 to 5 pm Practice
If you are a member and want to borrow or buy a scythe please book the appropriate ticket and you will be contacted. Marie-Angel can advise on what you need. Scythes seem expensive (approximately £140-£180) but are incredibly useful for tidying up areas such as nettles, dock, thistles and other weeds. We will be buying them from Simon Fairlie. He has promised to give us a discount and we will pass some of this on to you. Look at his website http://www.thescytheshop.co.uk/index.html We need to put our order in by the beginning of July so you need to book your place early if you want to borrow or buy a scythe.
Bookings are closed for this event.