More Women Taking Up ‘Garden Scything’
A key part of your brief to the best garden designers Somerset has to offer is how much maintenance your dream garden would require. Some of you out there have more green fingers than others, after all, so while some people struggle to even mow a lawn, others are taking the experience to a whole new level.
According to The Express, more people, women specifically, are taking up scything lessons than ever before. This technique is a historic way to cut overgrown grasses using the tool often nowadays associated with the grim reaper and another fictional character. However, it’s not Poldark’s turn topless scything on the heaths that has won scything a legion of female fans. It’s our friend Monty Don from Gardener’s World.
Monty often espouses the benefits for scything to the BBC programme’s audience, and tutors leading workshops in the technique have seen a growth in those wanting lessons as a result.
Chris Riley, from Dorset, leads a Scythe Association course and speaking to the newspaper described how Monty Don’s huge following has given his endorsement the most influence of all: “Scythes are really enjoyable and good exercise for the kind of person who would rather use this wonderful hand tool than pick up a strimmer. They do the job just as well as long as you have the knowledge and skill to use them.”
In his latest book Down to Earth, Monty says that scythes cut grass very well, however, even the Scythe Association admits that’s contentious, however, they do say that lawns can be cut to standard length with a scythe no problem, as well as explaining how scythes can be used and stored safely.