Two day learn to Scythe Course

Friday 7th - Saturday 8th July

10-4.30pm each day including breaks for refreshments and a delicious lunch

Come and learn to scythe with internationally recognised expert Steve Tomlin on Friday and Saturday. Steve learned to scythe in 2001 and has since gone on to teach hundreds of people across the UK including Paul Heiney for ITV's Countrywise and the estate team at Highgrove. His lively and engaging courses cover how to mow with, sharpen and maintain your scythe safely and effectively, giving you the confidence and enthusiasm to continue on your own.

There really is an art to scything effectively and Steve teaches the "Tai Chi" style of mowing, using your body weight to do the work so that mowing becomes effortless and even meditative. There is no need for sweat and muscles! It is accessible to all and a truly versatile tool.

The course costs £160 and includes lunch on both days, a bring and share barbecue on the Friday evening, a celebratory dinner and ceilidh on the Saturday evening and basic camping at the farm on Friday and Saturday night (Thursday camping is also available for those who are coming from afar - please email to enquire, thank you). It also includes entrance into the farm open day and scythe championships on Sunday.

Workshops Day

Saturday 8th July

10-4.30pm including breaks for refreshments and a delicious lunch

The workshops day is intended to inspire and inform on all aspects of hay meadows, whether that be the flora and fauna in the meadows or how you can interpret this beautiful area through art and crafts. There should be something for everyone and we hope it will be a day which draws together people from all walks of life to appreciate and learn about these increasingly rare habitats.

The tickets are £85 including a delicious homemade lunch and evening meal. The ticket allows you to choose 2 workshops to take part in, one from the morning session and one from the afternoon. Please tell us your preferences when purchasing your ticket and we will endeavour to allocate you places on your first choices

The workshops are as follows, each person doing two workshops in the day, one in each 2 1/2 hour session. The sessions will run from 10-12.30 in the morning and then break for lunch until the afternoon session from 2-4.30pm.

Herbal medicine with Heather Ware and Helen Rideout

Walking though the meadows and learning more about the medicinal uses of the plants which grown in this habitat.

Heather Ware and Helen Rideout are Medical Herbalists with more than two decades of experience combined.  They have an inexhaustible passion for herbs and love to share their wisdom with budding herbalists and complete novices alike.  They have been running very popular herbs walks, hands-on garden sessions in their medicinal herb garden, and courses & workshops for the last few years.

They both spend their lives gathering herbs and making medicines, seeing clients and helping with them regain their health, naturally.

Enamelled jewellery workshop with Emily Knight

In this workshop you will be experimenting with vitreous enamel on copper to create individual pendants inspired by the wild flower meadows. We will be using the flowers as stencils, allowing us to create abstract floral shapes with the enamel. You will be encouraged to be experimental and guided throughout to develop your own unique ideas and designs to create a beautiful pendant as a memory of the day.

Natural beekeeping workshop with John Vendy

Exploring top bar beekeeping and how we can care for and protect these wonderful little creatures

An introduction to a simple, bee-friendly method of keeping bees by John Vendy, a local experienced "natural beekeeper". Learn about the problems faced by bees and how we can help them in as natural a way as possible. See how bees interact with the environment and learn simple steps to support your local bees.

Coil pot making and firing with Ken Jaquiery

An ancient technique which will have been used by the people living in the area in pre historic times

Drawing workshop with Margaret Uttley

A Wandering Draw through the meadows, creating a little book of sketches as a memento of your day

Materials provided by the Artist. Beginners welcome. 

Each of you will be provided with a small sketchbook. Using Margaret's drawing techniques, she will lead you on a short walk around Lower Winskill farm, stopping at various locations to quickly draw characterful notations of the richly varied textures and growths amongst this very special expanse of landscape. As the morning progresses, you will create a small journal of Meadow Connections drawings. 

Flora and fauna id with Tanya St. Pierre

Bumblebees and flowers of the meadows and how you can encourage bumblebees in your garden.

Tanya St. Pierre, the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust's Hay Time Officer will guide you through the meadows at Lower Winskill and help you identify the wildflower species that make upland hay meadows so special.

Species rich hay meadows are also brilliant for bumblebees! Learn how to identify these fascinating creatures in their favourite habitat. This introduction will include an insight into their lifecycle and forage preferences with helpful tips and hints on how to recognise and photograph or record different species in the field. Find out what’s best to plant in your garden to help support these really special pollinators.