Pratensis Countryside Services


Please get in touch if you are looking for scythe training for your organisation. The one day format is ideal, but sometimes it is possible to do shorter sessions or longer training course. Please study the course content page before enquirying.

“Most enjoyable as well as informative” Sue, Hants.

“I'm inspired, and can’t wait to get out there” JC, Hants.

“A great experience!” Phil, Wilts.

“A very inspiring and atmospheric day” Jean, Somerset

There are many advantages to using a scythe, described in detail in the ‘Info’ section. The one disadvantage is that a certain level of knowhow is needed before reaping the rewards of this wonderful tool, but this can readily be taught.

A one-day course is recommended, to provide the best platform for mastering techniques with subsequent practice. My courses are based around Austrian scythes. Similar principles can be applied to English scythes, but the continental scythes now available are much lighter, and more importantly, are readily adjustable. This makes it possible for anyone to enjoy mowing, without the noise and pollution which accompany petrol powered machinery.

Courses follow a pattern used by a growing network of teachers around the UK. Instruction is provided on the three interacting factors that make for successful mowing:

For more details of course content see this page:

Learn to mow with a scythe

Scythe course content Previous scythe courses

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courses, and details of how to book:

Forthcoming courses

Photo Sarah Hobbs

The following picture gallery will give you a taste of a typical scythe training day:

Here is an account of courses run over the past few years:

Flickr album - scythe courses