We run courses and offer one-to-one training in hedge laying, dry stone walling, and scything. We run our own courses and Jeremy also teaches for the Dartmoor Hill Farm Project and the Devon Rural Skills Trust. If you are looking for one to one training, or wish to host a course please use the contact form to get in touch.

Scythe Courses

Let us know if you want to be on a list to receive a heads up about our course schedule for next Spring…

Upcoming Courses…

Hedge laying

Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd of December – 9am – 4pm each day.

Near Scorriton


This two day course will cover:
The proper care of hand tools, tool sharpening, safety considerations, cutting and laying, securing the hedge using crooks, species ID.

In addition we will also discuss:
Alternatives to hedge laying, restoring badly neglected hedges, the cultural, historical and environmental important of hedges, the hedge as a resource.

Please use the form below to book a place.


17th of December – 9am until 4pm

Near Scorriton


Discover how to turn waste wood into a top quality soil improver using an Oregon Kiln and go home with some of your own for your garden. We will be pyrolysing the brash from the previous hedge laying course (see above). The course will cover the practical aspects of producing biochar and we will discuss its uses and different methods of procuction. For more information about biochar see here.

To book a place please use the form below.


“Your knowledgeable, friendly, calm and patient approach was highly supportive for my learning.” – Oz

“Easy, friendly, calm teaching style interspersed with stories and humour was a good mix… Stunning setting and peace and quiet a bonus.” – Helen H.

“I really enjoyed the pace and there was the right amount of repetition so a felt confident making a start on my garden the next morning. I’ve been scything every day since and my teenage daughter is doing some too.” – Jackie A.

“I found your tuition to be excellent, it was so well delivered, real openness and patience and so very informative and enjoyable.” – Ben B.

“Without any exaggeration I can say it was among the most clear and complete instruction that I have ever had.” – Trevor B.