In the UK there is a ‘scything renaissance’ taking place. People are rediscovering the many benefits of managing the land with this traditional tool. No more droning of strimmers and fume-filled air.
You will tune into the silence, the sound of the birds and the calm rhythm of a Tai-Chi like movement as your blade swishes gently and efficiently through the grass, leaving neat swathes of mowings ready to gather. Mowing will become a simple pleasure rather than a chore. Find out more about a kinder way to manage your land.
Newton Farm, Metherell run by Kevin Austin on Saturday 5th of August 10-4pm. Light lunch provided.
There will be 2 instructors and bonus of yellow rattle seeds for all participants.
Numbers limited to 10.
Cost £50 per person.
Kevin Austin -Biography.
Kevin started farming milking dairy cows, which led on to completing an agricultural diploma, to working and managing dairy herds (10 years dairy farming in NZ). Throughout his life having a passion for growing vegetables and being as self sufficient as possible.
On returning to Cornwall Kevin wanted to be part of a change in the way we live on our planet and has worked for the last 15 years at the Eden Project, where he has been an important part of it’s evolution.
Kevin gained a Horticultural Diploma and spent 10 years as the Outdoor Crops Supervisor. Kevin’s currently heads Eden’s Estate’s team and is managing the acres of grounds on the pit’s perimeter, including woods and disused farmland.
Kevin is passionate about traditional land management methods and promotes the use of handheld tools where possible.
Recently, Kevin has liased with the Heritage Crafts Association and initiated several Traditional Land management workshops, helping revival of the lost crafts where man and nature worked in harmony, without reliance on the oil industry.
“If we are to change the way we live on this planet we must foster a more intimate connection to the land.”
Kevin began the project at Skyegrove with a vision to create a project, where individuals and communities can learn how to be more self-sufficient in producing their own food and manage their land in sympathy with the earths limited resources. The project is continuing to develop and evolve.
Parish Councillor for Harrowbarrow Ward