St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

26 Jul

Introduction to Scything

Wed 26 Jul 2017 at 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

St Nicks Environment Centre, Rawdon Avenue, York, YO10 3ST

Scythers, by Lewis Outing
Scythers, by Lewis Outing

This training is aimed at volunteers involved with maintaining sites that are part of our Scything for Grassland Management Project. Please get in touch if you have a general interest in scything as there may be spare places.

This practical workshop will teach you how to use traditional Austrian scythes for managing wildlife-rich grasslands. Scythes can be used for cutting grass, nettles, brambles, weeds and up to 1 year old self-seeded saplings, which  makes them a really versatile and green tool. The workshop will cover:

  • Practical mowing and blade sharpening skills to use a scythe effectively and safely
  • Health and safety when mowing including making risk assessments
  • Correct setting up of scythes and handles for body sizes
  • How scythe use can maximise the wildlife potential of meadows and grassland
  • How scything can empower and engage individuals and community groups
  • The relative merits of the scythe, petrol strimmers and tractor mowers will be compared

You will be provided a scythe for use for the day but there will also be the opportunity to buy one – we are an official distributor for the Scythe Shop.

Heritage Lottery Fund logoThe Scything for Grassland Management Project has been supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Thanks to National Lottery players this 2-year project will help improve the management and subsequently the condition of 170 acres of grassland habitat at 15 green space sites across the city. Grasslands are important for wildlife and biodiversity – we are keen to keep them buzzing in York!

Free entry. Booking is essential via the form below or on 01904 411821. All tools and equipment provided but if you have your own scythe please bring it along. Please bring appropriate outdoor clothing and pack lunch. Drinks & biscuits will be provided.

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