Courses

We run courses and offer one-to-one training in hedge laying, dry stone walling, gate making and scything. The courses are for the Dartmoor Hill Farm Project and the Devon Rural Skills Trust, and some are run by Proper Edges. If you are looking for one to one training, or wish to host courses please use the contact page to get in touch.

Learn to Scythe

With Jeremy Weiss
At Velwell Orchard

Course One: Friday 7th, 1:30pm – 5:30pm. Saturday 8th, 7am – 11am.

Course Two: Friday 14th, 1:30pm – 5:30pm. Saturday 15th, 7am – 11am.

Cost: £65/£50 concessions. Please bring your own refreshments.

This beginners course will introduce you to the correct use of the scythe. You’ll learn how to set it up properly according to your body’s proportions, how to peen and hone the blade, and mow using universal principals of motion so that you can mow easily and efficiently without stressing your body. We will also discuss meadow and lawn management for the benefit of wildlife and humans, how to make hay, and the use of grass cuttings as mulch.

Velwell Orchard is a 2 acre biodynamic smallholding between Buckfastleigh and Dartington. You will need your own scythe, as well as honing and peening equipment. You can purchase these from Simon Fairlie Scythes. I will be happy to discuss options with you before you order. I do have two scythes that I’m happy to loan, but I prefer it if you have your own equipment.

To book a place please contact Jeremy on 07962 432317, jeremydweiss@yahoo.co.uk. Only four places are available on each course so please book early! Course fees are only refundable if someone can be found to fill your place.