Welcome to the Nectarworks for Smallholders webpage!
Three consultation workshops were held with North Pennines smallholders in November 2013 in Garrigill, Eggleston and Allendale. Fifty-three people attended, generating a lively discussion and much valuable information.
Following the workshops, local smallholder Richard Thompson set up a new website for North Pennines smallholders. The website includes a forum where smallholders can post ideas or questions. The more people that use this new facility, the more powerful it will become so why not visit the site and sign up: North Pennines Smallholders.
Learn to Mow with the AONB
The scythe is a modern, lightweight and simple tool that is suitable for all ages. When used correctly, the scythe is a safe and efficient tool. It will allow you to cut grass and manage weeds like bramble, thistles, dock and rush in areas where machinery is not possible or suitable. There is no need for protective equipment and the lack of noise and rhythmic activity enables you to engage more peacefully with your surroundings.
On our two-day ‘Learn to Mow’ course under the expert tuition of Steve Tomlin, you can learn all the necessary skills to use and maintain a scythe safely and efficiently.
Outline of the Course
The focus of the ‘Learn to Mow’ course is practical skills and learning-by-doing to send people away ready to continue on their own. The course will cover the following topics:
Features and advantages of the Austrian scythe
How to set up the scythe to your size & adjust the blade
The ‘tai-chi’ mowing style for more efficient cutting and less stress on the body
Sharpening in the field
Peening the blade to shape the edge
Care & maintenance
For more details and to book a place please visit our Events pages.