Scything the Meadow

Scything the Meadow

As part of the maintenance of the meadow at Whatley, Head Gardener, David Pearce and his team are using scythes to cut down the grass. This ancient tool, distinctive by it’s long curved blade at the end of a long pole or two handles is still a very efficient means by which you can cut grass or corn.

The team have chosen to use the scythe this year as they transition to ecological horticultural practices. Scything has less impact on the local environment, minimising disturbance to the soil, wildlife and saplings. It is cleaner, quieter and generally more controlled within the environment. This also makes it a really enjoyable experience for the team as they work at one with nature.

If you are thinking of trying the scythe, our team have some top tips.

The best time of day to mow with a scythe is in the early morning when the dew is still settled on the grass, damp grass is easier to scythe. If the morning doesn’t work for you, after a rain shower or early evening works well too. Follow the line of the grass rather than trying to perfect straight lines too, this creates a wonderful natural effect. Relax into the task and enjoy it.


From 24th - 26th December the Whatley Manor will be closed to non residents. If you need to contact us please send an email to and one of the team will respond. Thank you