A Scythe is...

For cutting your wild flower meadow in peace and quiet. For mowing your lawn. For giving to volunteers. For making hay on a small scale. For when you need to be eco-friendly. For avoiding whitefinger from strimmers. For cutting on a steep slope. For clearing ground in sensitive habitats... and so much more!

No noise (except for a gentle swish swish)


Turns work into meditation


No vibration. No noise. No moving parts.


Good for any mowing or clearing job (but great for the tricky places)

What we offer

Our courses and services

For Individuals

Learn scything in East Sussex


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For organisations

Please bear with us while we train our teachers

Back in 2017

Contact us anyway


We'll mow your meadow

£125 1/4 acre

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About us

A scythe is like a good book. Once picked up, it's very difficult to put down.

We are addicts. Addicted to scything of course. A scythe is like a good book - once picked up, it's very difficult to put down. Beth started Learn Scything in 2011 with the aim of passing her scything skills on to others and since then she has taught conservationists, smallholders and council employees, as well as the odd journalist, film star here and the nation's favourite gardener... In 2015, Beth took on some apprentice scythe teachers (their details coming soon) and the Learn Scything shop will be opening on April 1st 2016 selling scythes, scythe kits and scything accessories. N.B. We aren't offering courses for organisations in 2016 so that we can train our teachers and launch the scythe shop (and because Beth is on maternity leave), but if you need someone to run a course, contact us anyway, we might be able to put you in touch with an appropriate person.

Our Team

Beth Tilston
Beth Tilston
Scythe teacher and founder
Beth first picked up a scythe to cut the grass on her allotment, then discovered scything competitions (yes, there are competitions) and was hooked. She has been teaching since 2011 and has taught a wide range of people – from conservationists to city traders.
Coming soon
Coming soon
Scythe teaching apprentice
Coming soon
Coming soon
Scythe teaching apprentice
Coming soon
Coming soon
Scythe teaching apprentice

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