A one-day scything course for DPA volunteers was held at Pudsham on 1 August 2018.

 

Assembling the scythes

Assembling the scythes

 

The trainer in this traditional skill was Chris Riley of Pratensis Countryside Services

 

 

Starting work

Starting work

 

It wasn’t long before the budding scythesmen and women were undertaking their first attempts.

 

 

Sharpening the blade

Sharpening the blade

 

A major aspect of scything, after safety, is maintaining a good cutting edge.

 

 

Cleaning the blade

Cleaning the blade

 

It is also very important to clean the blade, especially at the end of work.

 

 

Getting used to scything

Getting used to scything

 

The final photograph shows the progress made in scything a field of long grass. With thanks to Ralph Mackridge for allowing us to use his field.