Do you feel as though you need to get out into the countryside, do some exercise and feel you are making a difference for nature? If so, join us at Carr House Meadows Nature Reserve as scything might just be the thing for you!
The Sheffield Lakeland team will show you how to transform our beautiful wildflower meadows into a crop of hay using traditional techniques with a scythe. Each day will be a stand alone course running from 9.30am – 4pm covering scythe set up, mowong techniques, meadow ecology and hand hay making however feel free to book onto multiple days for more hay making experience.
Come and learn how to use of these amazing tools and how they shaped the landscapes that we see around the Sheffield Lakeland Landscape area and beyond. You will be helping to continue the story of these nationally important hay meadows which were once commonplace across the English countryside and learning how they still play a vital role in the health of our farmed landscapes.
Carr House Meadows is a rare example of the flower rich fields that were once a common sight in England. They abound with colour – bluebells, yellow rattle and swathes of red and white clover. Scabious and orchids can all be found here, as well as the bright pink marsh-loving ragged robin, a rarity in the area.
A great opportunity to find out more about the work of Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust and the Sheffield Lakeland Landscape Partnership, this event will introduce you to the joys of scything and find out more on how to get involved through volunteering and make a positive impact for wildlife, people and the landscape.
All equipment and PPE will be provided on the day but please wear suitable outdoor clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty, sturdy footwear and bring your own lunch and drink. You can park in the meadow at S35 0DX.