Scything our Wildflower Meadow

Last week, the Friends of Greencroft Valley scythed our wildflower meadow with a pair of Austrian scythes bought through funds remaining from South Ribble Transition Towns.

During the process we found a number of creatures including frogs and a nest of harvest mice, which made us realise how valuable meadow habitats are for providing homes for wildlife that would not exist under a mowing regime as well as flowers for for bees and butterflies.


Last week, the Friends of Greencroft Valley (currently Peter Dillon and I) scythed our wildflower meadow.

Meadow Before

A few months ago South Ribble Transition Towns shut down and we were granted some of the remaining funds to buy a very smart pair of Australian scythes.

Australian Scythes

Last year we had some basic training from John Lamb of Lancashire Wildlife Trust, which we put to use in cutting the grasses and sharpening the scythes.


Admittedly, due to the toughness of grasses, and our unfamiliarity with the exercise it was pretty tough going. It took us eight hours together in total to do this tiny bit of meadow.

Finished Meadow

As sections of the meadow where we had planted purple loosestrife, lesser knapweed, ox-eye daisies and devil’s bit scabious were still in flower we decided to leave them until they went to seed.

GCV Scything and Creatures 020 - Copy Purple loosestrife and lesser knapweed

Ox-eye daisies and devil's bit scabious Ox-eye daisies and devil’s bit scabious

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One thought on “Scything our Wildflower Meadow

  1. Scything is better than mowing as one can see the critters there as one slowly goes along. Mowing is like dropping a bomb. At least with scything the seeds are dispersed rather than shredded and if you start in the center and move outwards the critters will have time to escape to the borders to return later. Good environment job.

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