Reap­ing the ben­e­fits

The Daily Telegraph - - Letters to the editor -

SIR – I first used a scythe more than 70 years ago.

I have a proper, beau­ti­fully made scythe that is more than 100 years old. It has a 3ft blade – un­like the Scan­di­na­vian sickle I saw Monty Don use re­cently on Gar­den­ers’ World – and it glides gen­tly over the ground, cut­ting ev­ery­thing be­fore it.

It is vi­tal to keep the blade really sharp by reg­u­lar use of a stone. It is im­por­tant not to try to cut too much in one go, and to build up a steady, re­lax­ing swing if you hope to tackle a whole field or pad­dock.

It is very sat­is­fy­ing and keeps you fit, too. David J Hartshorn

Badby, Northamp­ton­shire

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