Scythe Courses

A course is a great way to start using a scythe or to improve on your existing skills

Most of our courses are held on the wildflower meadows of Dyfed Permaculture Farm Trust in South West Wales and are led by experienced mower and Scythe teacher Phil Batten.

Phil was taught to scythe by the renowned scythe master, Peter Vido at the first West Country Scythe Festival in 2005. Since then, the scythe has become an indispensable tool and Phil has built up considerable experience with its use and maintenance. Phil has won medals for the quality of his scything and now teaches at the festival as well as at the Trust.

Given the current situation, we regret that course dates can not be guaranteed.

If you book onto a course that subsequently has to be cancelled, we will offer you the chance to transfer to another course (space permitting) or give you a full refund.

Mowing in the Wildflower Meadow on a Introductory Scythe Course

“Thanks for a great day on Saturday, I learnt far more than I expected to! Very pleased with the two scythes I brought home and yesterday managed four hours of practise.” Course Graduate Bill of Growing Ruabon

A Peening and Sharpening Workshop

What we offer on our courses:


  • Lots of hands on experience of all aspects of the use of the scythe. We find people learn best by doing.
  • The benefit of our experience in the use of the scythe. We are not just scythe teachers – we use the scythe almost daily in a variety of situations.
  • A chance to “try before you buy” or help to get your scythe set up well, if you own one already.
  • Friendly, relaxed learning environment
  • The opportunity to visit a permaculture smallholding where the scythe is integral to the management

Scything Courses and Workshops

Further information, local accommodation, terms and conditions.