Mowing meadows by hand is one of the joys of the summer season. Beginning in May when the first hay is cut, we continue to cut right through the summer to maximise diversity and spread the workload.

Grass is best cut early in the morning or late in the evening when it’s cool and sward stands up nicely.

When cutting by hand it is best to cut three or even four times a year which makes mowing a pleasure rather than a chore, ensures that the grass is at its most nutritious, and encourages biodiversity.

This means that the first cut needs to be during May or early June before the grass becomes lodged by wind and rain.

It’s also possible to manage lawns with the scythe. Areas can be left to grow longer to provide forage for bees and the grass can be cut when wet.