22nd Sep, 2020

Forget the mower - learn how to use a scythe at Arrow Valley Park

Ross Crawford 28th Aug, 2019

THERE’S a chance to learn traditional scything at Arrow Valley Park next month.

It’s all been organised by community group Transition Redditch.

Equipment will be provided and the event is free of charge thanks to Tesco Bags of Help and trainer Wade Muggleton.

Redditch Borough Council has also helped by offering advice and support, and of course the venue.

Scythes have been used for centuries to cut crops like wheat and barley and are still in use across the world today.

Although labour-intensive, they have some major advantages over mechanisation – no pollution, no noise and good exercise for both the mind and the body.

The first Transition Redditch scything event took place in July and proved a huge success prompting Claire Davies of environmental group Eco n Wise to comment: “Transition Redditch put on a fantastic scything workshop. We had a wonderful day, I would thoroughly recommend it.”

It’s being held on Saturday, September 8, meeting at 10am at the car park nearest Arrow Valley Countryside Centre.

Places need to be booked in advance by emailing kathman.km@gmail.com or clarebeckhelling@yahoo.co.uk.

Transition Redditch, which is part of an international organisation, is dedicated to supporting community projects aiming to provide a better, more sustainable future.

Its volunteers run Redditch Repair Cafe at Community House on Easemore Road on the last Saturday of every month from 10am to 2pm and have have planted orchards and supported other community orchards.

They also have their own community apple press.

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