Learn to Scythe


With over 10 years of mowing experience and 6 years of teaching, I am recognised as the leading scythe instructor in the UK and author of 'Learn to Scythe'. My courses will leave you enthused and confident to scythe efficiently and safely. No more ear defenders, visor, strimmer fumes or noise; just the sound of the birds and the swish of your blade. The scythe will cut weeds, brambles, rushes, small scrub or grass and works in small spaces, around trees and on slopes. Mowing is gentle, non-impact exercise suitable for all ages. "If I was given a choice of a strimmer or a scythe, I'd go scythe any day - it's a pleasure to use." ~ Bunny Guinness, GQT 27 May 2016

Learn to Scythe Courses

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    • Slaidburn, Lancashire
    • Sedbergh, Cumbria
    • Hullard Park, Manchester
    • Scythe Peening Workshop, Slaidburn

Learn to Scythe This day-long course introduces the scythe and is equally suited to those looking to refresh their skills, including:
      • setting up the scythe to fit your body
      • ergonomic mowing technique
      • sharpening in the field
      • peening the edge
      • care and maintenance of your scythe.
All equipment is provided for the day and the course is also an ideal opportunity to buy a scythe kit containing everything you will need. Buy a kit during the course and you can take home the scythe you have set up for yourself and worked with during the day. "Thanks for a great day. I was out in the field this morning mowing until the heavens opened - much easier now I know what I'm supposed to be doing and have the scythe set up properly." ~Sally
learn to scythe courses Scythe students 

Group Scythe Courses If you have an allotment, community orchard, churchyard group or some friends who'd also like to learn to scythe you can book me to teach a course your own land. As well as being cost-effective and a great team-building exercise you will get some useful work done and I can tailor the course to your specific conditions. For further details & costs, please read the Group Scythe Workshops Information sheet (pdf) or email me stevetomlin8[at]gmail.com 
Teaching the finer points of sharpening
Private 1-to-1 Tuition Personal tuition at your own venue lets you choose a date to suit you and get individual attention. As well as all the standard training we normally have time to go more in depth on peening and mowing in your particular situation.
Cost: £150/day or £225 for two people plus travel expenses. Email me to book.

Steve Tomlin - scythe teacher
Tutor - Steve Tomlin I first learned to mow while working in the Pyrenees in 2001 and am now recognised as one of the leading scythe experts in the UK. A founding member and Training Coordinator of the Scythe Association of Britain and Ireland, I have previously taught the use of the scythe for Natural England, the National Trust, the Wildlife Trust, Highgrove estate and both BBC TV Countryfile and ITV Countrywise as well as hundreds of students across England and Scotland. Please get in touch with your query or proposal stevetomlin8[at]gmail.com