Harcourt Arboretum | £70 | Age 18+

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.