Hand powered: Traditional Land based Skills

Events and Courses

Event and course dates:

All courses/events run from 10am until 4pm.

Single day or multiple day bookings available.

To book a place please email: hand.powered@yahoo.com


6 April: Meadow management talk, Tymhorau Dyfi, Machynlleth (£15)

We will discuss how to manage a meadow for maximum biodiversity with focus given to the annual cycle of a meadow.


7 April: International Peening day, Newchapel, Llanidloes (Free)

Join us to prepare for the scything season! Come and get your blades back into fine fettle.


20 April: Earth day, 10:30 - 12:30 Llanidloes town centre (Free)

Join us for a range of fun activities to celebrate the joy of the natural world.


21 April: Scything Workshop, Vibrant Vyrnwy Project, RSPB Lake Vynrwy (Free) This course covers scythe selection, set-up, correct mowing technique and maintenance of the Austrian scythe

Please email Kirsty for more details and to book a place: kirsty.martuccio@rspb.org.uk


27 April: Hedgerow basketry, Belan Bluebell Woods, Llanidloes, (£79 per person)

Learn the principles of basketry using foraged materials (brambles) to create a beautiful basket.


9-10 May: Two-day scything course, Bodgers Ball, Weald and Downland Museum, Chichester, PO18 0EU (Price TBC)

Join us on this two day scything course where we will cover scythe selection and set-up, correct mowing technique and maintenance of the Austrian scythe along with introducing Traditional English scythes and hand hay-making techniques.


25-26 May: Two-day Rake-Making Workshop. 10am- 4pm on both days. Dyfed Permaculture Farm Trust, Penboyr, SA44 5HG, (£160)

Learn to make your own beautiful wooden rake over two days which will serve you for years to come. Camping available on request.


22 June: Scything have-a-go at the ‘Real’ Hay Festival 2pm-4:30 pm. Newchapel, Llanidloes (Free)

This is suitable for beginners, skilled scythers and everyone in between. Learn about the traditional harvest and take part in the hay harvest at this beautiful meadow. Runs 14:00-21:00. Email hand.powered@yahoo.com to book your place or turn up on the day.


7 June: Introduction to Scything course, Green Scythe fair, Muchelney, Price TBC

The Green Scythe fair is the scything event of the year. Don't miss it, and join us for a fun course with a small group of fellow enthusiasts. Book your place at: Scythe Info | greenscythefair (greenfair.org.uk). This course is part of the Green Scythe Fair, check out the website for full details and to book your camping pitch.


29-30 June: Scything Course, Llanveynoe, near Hay on Wye, £130 per person

This scything course will cover set-up, mowing technique and maintenance of the Austrian scythe. Suitable for beginners and improvers. We will give you a range of blades to try and will provide technical knowledge to allow you to scythe a variety of vegetation types easily and effectively. Single-day bookings available.


20 July: Scything Workshop, Tymhorau Dyfi, Machynlleth (£75)

This scything course will cover set-up, mowing technique and maintenance of the Austrian scythe.


26-28th July: Learn To Scythe - 3 sessions available. Regather Cooperative Limited, Sheffield (£76.55)

Learning scything and hay making in the Regather Farm meadow with Danny Hodgson

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/learn-to-scythe-3-sessions-available-tickets-814027637577?aff=oddtdtcreator


7 September: Besom Broom making, Belan Bluebell Woods, Llanidloes, (£79)

Learn to make your very own witches' broom, made from natural materials off the farm.


14-15 September: Scything Course 10am - 4pm on both days, Llanveynoe, near Hay-on-Wye, £130

This scything course will cover set-up, mowing technique and maintenance of the Austrian scythe. Suitable for beginners and improvers. We will give you a range of blades to try and will provide technical knowledge to allow you to scythe a variety of vegetation types easily and effectively. Single-day bookings available.


28 September: Foraging course, Belan Bluebell Woods, Llanidloes, (£79)

Come and learn about the bounty of the autumn hedgerows with us.


16 November: Wattle Hurdle-Making Workshop. Belan Bluebell Woods, Llanidloes, (£79)

Learn to make a beautiful hazel hurdle using only hand-tools.


CONTACT US

Tel: 07834240559

Members of the Scythe Association of Britain & Ireland http://scytheassociation.org/ and the National Hedgelaying Society https://www.hedgelaying.org.uk/

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