Learn to Scythe

Practical Courses

Harcourt Arboretum 
For ages 18+ 
The Arboretum is a beautiful setting in which to do practical courses, a 15 minute drive from Oxford in Nuneham Courtenay. 


Discover a peaceful way to mow, which also benefits wild plants and animals.
Whether it is to cut a sloping meadow, a small space around trees, or to create a winding pathway through grassland, this is a perfect way to enjoy nature without the noise of a mower; just the sound of birds and the swish of your blade.
Scything is also a gentle, low-impact exercise.

This course will include: setting up an Austrian scythe; movement and technique; mowing practice; sharpening in the field; maintenance and a demonstration on peening the blade.
Course leader Nicole Clough encourages attendees to purchase their scythe prior to, and for use on, the course and can provide advice on what to buy or she can provide a scythe kit for hire at an additional cost.

Please contact Nicole if you have any questions regarding scything. 


This event has been cancelled 

In the interests of the safety of our visitors and staff, we have cancelled this event until further notice.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. Thank you for your understanding.