The Scythe Improvers Masterclass at the West Country Scythe Fair

Why Struggle?

Learn to get your blades sharper and to scythe expertly on the

Scythe Improvers Course

a two day course for:

  • mowers with some experience who want to develop their skills
  • team leaders managing volunteers or staff
  • people who want to teach scythe use to others.

Muchelney, Langport, Somerset

10-11 June 2022

Over two days, you will get personal attention from three of the most experienced teachers in the UK, in namely:

  • Phil Batten master peener and scythe competition winner from Scythe Cymru;
  • Andi Ricard, of the Somerset Scythe School, currently UK champion mower.
  • Kevin Austin scythe teacher from Cornwall, and former UK champion mower.

The course covers:

  • correct set up of the tool
  • your mowing stance and style
  • sharpening, peening and repairing blades

Plus optional workshops on

  • teaching scythe use
  • organizing volunteers and novices
  • English scythe
  • grassland management
  • haymaking by hand.

The venue is at Thorney Lakes. Muchelney, near LangportYou can find out more about the Green Scythe Fair here

Meals are provided. Camping on site is available. And you get free entry to the Scythe Fair on Sunday 12 June.

Nicole Clough of Bucks Berks and Oxon Wildlife Trust who did this course writes:

I came away with a far deeper understanding of the scythe and my technique, as well as the tools and course structure to teach others in a safe and efficient manner. It has revolutionized our team at BBOWT, and we now use scythes for a great many of our tasks. As a result our management is more wildlife sensitive and volunteer friendly. A number of my colleagues have now also done the course. This has enabled us to train in the region of 50 staff and volunteers across our three counties in just 2 years. Great for wildlife, great for people.

It costs £150, or £250 for two people; £175 for organizations; £100 unwaged (limited numbers).

To book, email Simon at