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Introduction to Scything

The Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park

Saturday, 15 October 2016 from 10:00 to 15:30 (BST)

Introduction to Scything

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Introduction to Scything  | Saturday 15th October | 10am - 3.30pm

This one day beginners course will cover everything you need to know to about using a scythe, including:

  • How to set up the scythe
  • Choosing the right blade
  • Sharpening and maintaining your scythe
  • Technique and use of the tool

During this 'hands-on' course, you will be personally fitted with a scythe and will then learn how to use and maintain it efficiently to mow your garden, allotment, orchard or meadow. Starting from setting up the scythe, you will discuss safe working practices and before beginning to mow. The history of the scythe and its use in maintaining wild flower meadows and ecologically sensitive grassland, will also be discussed.

Course leader

The course will be led by Clive Leeke, who is a teaching member of the Scything Association of Britain and Ireland (SABI). Find out more at: www.austrianscythes.co.uk

Scythes will be provided for use during the day and there will be an opportunity to buy your own scythe at the end of the course. If you’d like to buy one in advance, they can be ordered online from the Scythe Shop.  www.thescytheshop.co.uk

Further information

If you have any questions please contact us on 0208 983 1277 or email contact@fothcp.org


The Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park has a programme of short biodiversity related courses for both beginners and professionals, covering a wide range of topics. Our courses are suitable for those who work or volunteer in parks, housing estates, nature reserves, community gardens, schools and other public or semi-public open spaces. However, anyone with an interest in the topic will also find the courses valuable.

Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park is a Local Nature Reserve and a site of Metropolitan Importance for Nature Conservation. We are blessed with a wide variety of rich and well developed habitats, all within London's Zone 2.


Do you have questions about Introduction to Scything? Contact The Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park

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Meet at The Soanes Centre
Southern Grove
E3 4PX London
United Kingdom

Saturday, 15 October 2016 from 10:00 to 15:30 (BST)

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The Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park

Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park is London's most urban woodland and a Local Nature Reserve.  The Friends run over 170 events each year, including guided walks, family events, history events, training courses and volunteer days. 

Concessions are available for FOTHCP Members, Students, Senior Citizens over 60 and Tower Hamlets Residents: please bring proof on the day.

Much of our time on our courses takes place outdoors - please dress in sturdy shoes, long trousers and enough warm layers for the time of year.

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