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 we run some ourselves. If you are looking for one to one training, or wish to host courses please use the contact page to get in touch.

Scythe course for beginners

With Jeremy Weiss
At Velwell Orchard

Saturday 28th August 10am – 5pm and Sunday 29th August, 7am – 12noon.

Cost: £90/£75 concessions. Please bring your own refreshments. Camping is available.

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, care for the snath, 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 or Scythe Cymru. 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 this course so please book early! Course fees are only refundable if someone can be found to fill your place.

Scythe course for improvers

With Jeremy Weiss
At Velwell Orchard

Saturday 4th of September, 7am – 1pm.

Cost: £40/£30 concessions. Please bring your own refreshments. Camping is available.

This course is for people who have already done a scythe course but want to have some more guidance on mowing techniques, peening, and honing.

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. The day will begin with mowing and honing, and we’ll move on to peening later.

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

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

“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.