Some of us still work in this way, and so these skills are not quite lost. A few folks still have the know how. These folks are now associated and are hoping to work together to promote scything and it's associated skills.
I was taught a long time ago - and am still learning but can go pretty well. I do not do meadows often ( wish I did) and more likely can be found mowing rides and tree plantations - it is just as satisfying to see a hectare of rush lying on its cut, and am keen on sharing these ancient but still effective skills.
and so to.....
Simon Fairlie - (if you do not know the name - you should - if not...google him) - has sintered folks into:
Two thousand years after the arrival of the scythe on the shores of the British Isles, an association has been formed to promote its use. On 15 January a dozen scythesmen and women met in Oxford and founded SABI, the Scythe Association of Britain and Ireland
The Scythe Association has the following objec- tives:
• To promote the use of the scythe throughout Britain;.
• To improve mowing skills through training and the broadcast of information;
• To promote the advantages of the scythe to gov- ernment, local authorities and national organizations;
• To enhance communication amongst mowers and between mowers and landowners and other sectors;
• To promote the study of the history of the scythe and allied technologies;
• To maintain standards of manufacture and sup- ply of scythes and ancillary equipment.
Over the course of this year we will be publishing this newsletter, setting up a website, and organizing a gathering next winter, whose purpose will be to share information and identify projects for the coming year.
The next issue of the newsletter will appear in late April or early May. We welcome contributions, news items, photos and advertisments of any kind related to scythes and haymaking. Please send material to the editor at firstname.lastname@example.org 01297 561359; Monkton Wyld Court, Charmouth, Brid- port, DT6 6DQ. If you require a paper copy please get in touch.
Simon also runs http://www.thescytheshop.co.uk/