Welcome to Somerset Scythe School. Scythe courses and scythes for sale.

Scythe courses

Course Dates 2018

  • June 9th - At the West Country Scythe Fair, Scything for beginners
    The course covers: setting up the tool; how to mow grass and weeds; sharpening, peening and repairing blades; optional workshops on the English scythe, grassland management, and haymaking by hand.

The venue is at Thorney Lakes. Muchelney, near Langport http://www.thorneylakes.co.uk/ The cost is £65 per person, or £110 for two , including lunch.

Please apply to Mary Ellis beginnerscythecourse@gmail.com • mobile 07950 004237

  • 7th July - Knightshayes National Trust, free workshops for National Meadows Day   

  • August 3rd - Scything for Beginners at RHS Rosemoor, Devon. Go to www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/rosemoor  for details and to book. (£70 members, £81 non-members)

Group Courses

Get together with up to five like-minded friends and I can run a one day course for you, either here in Wellington or at your venue. 

Or maybe you are a volunteer group. - I can do the same for you.

Cost £70 per person or £275 for the group (travel costs may apply).

One to One Courses

I can run one to one courses either here in Wellington or at your venue. The course content will cover everything in the one day group course but in half a day.

Cost £70

Course Content

Introduction to the scythe

History, anatomy, the different types available and their uses.

Selection and set-up

Choosing the right tool for the job.

Fitting the scythe to you to minimise the risk of pain and strain and maximise efficiency

Safety Considerations

Keeping yourself and others safe at work

Mowing techniques

Coping with differing terrains and vegetation

Maintenance and sharpening

Looking after your scythe, mastering honing and a chance to try peening.


A chance to discuss haymaking, woodland management, wild flower meadows and anything else depending on your individual or group needs


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Somerset Scythe School

5 Clifd Terrace, Scott's Lane, Wellington, Somerset, TA21 8PQ

0758 1239453