Courses

We run courses and offer one-to-one training in hedge laying, making biochar, and mowing with a scythe. 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.

NEW: STARTING IN JUNE 2022! The Devon Hedge Year Course – 17 days of tuition over the course of a year including surveying, stone facing, turf hedging, tool sharpening, hedge laying, biochar, charcoal, hedgerow chairs, spoons, baskets and foraging. All centred around one ancient Devon Hedge. Find details here.

Upcoming Courses…

To book a place please use the form at the bottom of the page

Springtime Scythe Refresher Course

At Velwell Orchard, near Dartington
Friday, 1st of April, 10am – 3pm

£40 (6 spaces)

This course is for those with prior scything experience who’d like some help getting their scythe up and running again. The morning will be spent cleaning, peening, honing and setting up and the afternoon will be centred on mowing.

You will ideally have all your own equipment. However, if you’d like to borrow some, please let me know.

Beginner’s Scythe Course – Two Days for Early Birds

At Velwell Orchard, near Dartington
Thursday 14th of April, 10am – 5pm
and Friday 15th of April, 7am – 12noon.

£100 (4 spaces)

This is a two day introduction to mowing with the scythe for beginners who like early mornings!

This 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.

You will need your own scythe, as well as honing and peening equipment. You can purchase these from Simon Fairlie Scythes or Scythe Cymru. I will be happy to discuss options with you before you order.

Morning Peening and Honing Workshop

At Velwell Orchard, near Dartington
Friday, 29th of April, 9am – 12noon

£20 (6 spaces)

Feeling a bit rusty? Forgotten how to peen? Having trouble keeping your blade sharp? Come to this three hour workshop and get some guidance.

Beginner’s Scythe Course – Two Days for Night Owls

At Velwell Orchard, near Dartington

Thursday, 12th of May, 10am – 5pm
and Friday 13th of May, 3pm – 8pm

£100 (4 spaces)

This is a two day introduction to mowing with the scythe for beginners who like late evenings!

This 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.

You will need your own scythe, as well as honing and peening equipment. You can purchase these from Simon Fairlie Scythes or Scythe Cymru. I will be happy to discuss options with you before you order.

Springtime Scythe Refresher Course

At Velwell Orchard, near Dartington
Friday, 27th of May, 10am – 3pm

£40 (6 spaces)

This course is for those with prior scything experience who’d like some help getting their scythe up and running again. The morning will be spent cleaning, peening, honing and setting up and the afternoon will be centred on mowing.

You will ideally have all your own equipment. However, if you’d like to borrow some, please let me know.

Beginner’s Scythe Course – Two Days for Early Birds

At Velwell Orchard, near Dartington
Thursday 16th of June, 10am – 5pm
and Friday 17th of June, 7am – 12noon.

£100 (4 spaces)

This is a two day introduction to mowing with the scythe for beginners who like early mornings!

This 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.

You will need your own scythe, as well as honing and peening equipment. You can purchase these from Simon Fairlie Scythes or Scythe Cymru. I will be happy to discuss options with you before you order.

Afternoon Peening and Honing Workshop

At Velwell Orchard, near Dartington
Friday, 24th of June, 2pm – 5pm

£20 (6 spaces)

Feeling a bit rusty? Forgotten how to peen? Having trouble keeping your blade sharp? Come to this three hour workshop and get some guidance.

Feedback

“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.