A two-day Hay Time scything event on Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 July 2012 at Low Way Farm near Holwick in upper Teesdale.
Gardeners, smallholders, farmers or anyone keen to just ‘have a go’ are invited to sign up for a Learn to Mow course led by scything expert, Steve Tomlin.
Anyone interested in discovering the pleasure of working with a scythe for managing their garden, allotment, orchard or meadow is welcome to join the course. After learning and practising the techniques and skills of scything, course attendees will be able to put the strimmer in the shed forever and enjoy their mowing in peace!
Participants will be able to enjoy food and accommodation on the farm at Low Way in Holwick, there will be a display of old haymaking tools, equipment and books and an illustrated talk on the hay meadows of the North Pennines by former Teesdale vet, Neville Turner.
On the closing afternoon of the event, people will be able to take part in the First Northern Open Scything Competition. Anyone with their own scythe is invited to join those on the course to take part. The event will close with the competition’s informal prizegiving ceremony over a traditional hay time tea provided by Karen Scott in her farmhouse kitchen at Low Way Farm.
Book your place
The course will take place on Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th July and costs between £75-£90 inclusive of tuition and meals but with a number of different accommodation options. Anyone interested in finding out more about the course or just entering the scything competition at £5, can download the event brochure and booking form below.