WELLINGTON Community ScythinG Group

Somerset Scythe school has very close links with Transition Town Wellington and together we have set up a Community Scything Group..

If you are lucky enough to live in or around Wellington you can join us.

In exchange for a few hours of your time over the summer you will be able to learn the rudiments of scythe use and maintenance as we maintain the increasing number of community orchards and meadows being planted around the town.

Contact me to get your name added to the mailing list.

If this piques your interest or maybe is not for you then you can sign up for one of my full Scythe Courses below.

Volunteer scythers in the Community Orchard at Swains Lane Nature Reserve.

Volunteer scythers in the Community Orchard at Swains Lane Nature Reserve.

Scythe courses

Course Dates 2019.

  • June 8th - 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

  • 6th July - Knightshayes Court, National Trust, free Have a Go sessions for National Meadows Day   (No booking required)

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 £65 per person or £275 for the group (travel costs may apply).

One to One (Two) 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 £65 or £110 per couple.

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

2 Courtland Road, Wellington, Somerset. TA21 8ND

0758 1239453