Scything for beginners

Mark Allery has taught these specialist skills for years and enjoys getting people started. He covers safety, tool maintenance and of course, the practical technique of scything.

Mark has all the tools needed to teach on the day. He also sells equipment should you wish to continue scything in future.

Tutor Profile – Mark Allery

Mark is a Woodsman, Bodger (polelathe turner) and Scythesman who lives in Lynchmere, West Sussex between Haslemere and Liphook where he helps to manage a diverse range of woodland, heathland and meadow sites. Mark first encountered scythes when much younger working on a Welsh hillfarm to manage bracken. He rediscovered the scythe (the lightweight Austrian Scythe) was an effective 21st century tool for helping to manage meadow, heathland and woodland sites as well as cutting his own lawn.

Mark now teaches and demonstrates with the scythe at the Weald and Downland Living Museum near Chichester and combines his interests in wood and scythes by remaking and repairing vintage English style scythes and wooden hay rakes.

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members £35, non-members £40


Surrey Wildlife Trust




Countryside & Land Management, Environment & Sustainability


Bay Pond Educational Nature Reserve

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