Scything workshops


Discover the benefits of the age-old gardening practice of scything with the Arran Pioneer Project!

We are running two scything sessions in order to learn more about this traditional method of garden maintenance and land management.

Over the summer, we have started to reap the rewards of scything, and discovering the benefits of this often overlooked practice as an environmentally friendly and effective alternative to petrol-powered strimmers and mowers:

– Quiet operation – no engine noise and no need for ear protectors.
– Simple use – no complicated assemblies or tiny parts that need replaced.
– Environmentally friendly (and cheaper) – no petrol required.
– Doubles as a great workout and mindfulness exercise.
– A precision tool for conservation and regeneration projects.

If you’d like to give it a try, and find out more, here’s your chance: join us at one of the following sessions next weekend.

Please email to RSVP.

We are working with scything expert Ida Fabrizio who will offer tips and tuition to getting the most out of a scythe. We’ll have a couple of practice scythes available, but if you’ve got your own, feel free to bring it along.

Since 2020 the Arran Pioneer Project has been helping communities to transform derelict or unused land into sustainable and productive gardens. Please see their website for more information and for details about how to get involved. Or contact

Community gardening is a great way to connect with both neighbours (and visitors) and the land. The practical nature of the activity can also help ease climate concerns, as a recent article in The Conversation shows.