Last weekend I visited the East of England Scything Festival, held every year at the amazing National Trust property of Wimpole Hall, hoping to find out more about the use of the scythe for wildlife and conservation meadows.
All in all, a very picturesque event in good company at a scenic location …
This year the camp was beautifully – if remotely – situated, on the far hill near the Folly.
Scythes are on sale. There are also courses available.
Many different blades for different uses such as nettle clearance, as well as mowing the meadow.
Competitors line up for the start of a competition.
Last one off the field.
Man against machine …
Man is the victor!
A good upright stance, very relaxed.
Top class hay. And clean as a whistle giving a great start for next year’s weed-free crop of wildflowers and good grasses.