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Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Scythe event is a cut above in Dales flower festival programme

Visitors from the North West converged on the Yorkshire Dales to learn how to sharpen their scythes and perfect their peening techniques.

Peening at Broadrake.
Now is regarded as the perfect time to ensure that scythes – traditional tools used to cut grass and harvest crops – are in good working order, ready for another mowing season.

The session took place at Broadrake at the foot of Whernside, and was one of the latest events making up the 2016 Flowers of the Dales Festival, coordinated by local charity Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust.

The annual festival is in full swing, with a range of events across the area to celebrate the region’s wildflowers, their habitats and the species they support.

Festival project officer Ellie Brown said: “This year’s festival is going really well, and we’ve received some great feedback from people who have already attended events.

"With around 100 events taking place between now and October, including walks, talks, hands-on conservation activities and family-friendly events, there are still plenty of opportunities to get involved.”
 
Further festival information: www.ydmt.org/festival2016

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