Countryside Skills

  • HedgelayingSaturday 20 - Sunday 21 January 2018
    9.30am-4pm The course An introduction to hedgelaying. You will learn how to thin out and lay. Working in pairs, the selected material will be cut and layered to form a mini stock proof hedge The tutor Phil Hart has 25 years experience, lecturing in Agriculture and countryside at Plumpton College, He is chairman of the... (more info)
  • Dowsing daySunday 15 April 2018
    10am-4pm The course A day of discussion, practical demonstration, guidance and hands on experience will convince even the most sceptical of the value of this ancient craft. The tutor Pete Redman trained in the sciences at Cambridge University, has been chief executive of some of the country’s leading housing organisations, and now works in the... (more info)
  • Scything: Learn to mowSaturday 14th July 2018
    9.30am-4.30pm The course Learn a brief history of the scythe, how to select the right blade and snath for the job and set them up, peening, sharpening, the mowing technique, how to avoid damaging the blade and how to care for the scythe. There will be hands-on sessions with the chance to use the scythe... (more info)
  • Mowing with an English scytheSaturday 4 August 2018
    9.30am-4.30pm The course A day for those with an interest in and a desire to use the traditional English scythe. The day will focus upon the maintenance and restoration of these vintage tools (the blades being last made in the 1960’s and 70’s) as well as the adjustment and mowing technique. Participants are encouraged to... (more info)
  • Scything: Learn to mowSaturday 11 August 2018
    9.30am-4.30pm The course Learn a brief history of the scythe, how to select the right blade and snath for the job and set them up, peening, sharpening, the mowing technique, how to avoid damaging the blade and how to care for the scythe. There will be hands-on sessions with the chance to use the scythe... (more info)
  • Wild foodSunday 23 September 2018
    9am-4pm The course This course is aimed as an introduction to the world of wild food, focusing specifically on the plants and trees although we won’t ignore fungi should we manage to find any. We will also explore their myriad of other uses such as providing cures for ailments, refreshing drinks, or maybe something to... (more info)