Ranger Martin taking a swing with a scytheGina Perry, an university student on placement with the Trust said “I have to admit I didn’t realise I’d be learning how to use a scythe as part of my time with the Trust, but it’s not too hard to master the basics and find your rhythm with it, although I’m not up to championship speed! I’ve had brushcutter training too, so I can switch between the old and new technology easily enough.”

Martin added “We won’t be ditching the brushcutters just yet as the scythes don’t like anything too woody, but they have definitely earned their place in the workshop. It’s great to be able to leave behind the ear defenders, and protective long sleeves and trousers, but obviously, being The National Trust our attire is decent and modest at all times! Funnily enough, we do scythe at some of the Cornish locations where Poldark was filmed, but there’s no danger of us baring our flesh or working up quite such a sweat. We have to pace ourselves for a full day’s work on the cliffs, and we take the dangers of sunburn very seriously!”

Published: Sept 2016
Author: Rachel Holder (Area Ranger, The Lizard)