A traditional scything workshop took place in Falmouth a few weeks back with the aim of introducing volunteers to the principles and practical application of scything.

Cornwall Wildlife Trust ran a scything workshop at Beacon Park on September 8 after having previously transformed the area into a wildflower meadow as part of the Making Space for Nature campaign.

David May of Cornwall Wildlife Trust explained to the 12 volunteers who came along why scything is such a good way to manage meadows with wildlife in mind.

They learnt the technique for scything and the importance of keeping the blade sharp so that it cuts smoothly.

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Despite the rain, everyone who turned up had a go at scything the long grass and sharpening their blades to hone their skills.

Karen Hall, one of the organisers of the event, said: "We invited Cornwall Wildlife Trust to come and show residents how to scythe, so it was just an example, we didn't scythe all the meadows.

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"But it was an example to show people this is a technique you can use if you want to do it yourself.

"It's part of our community engagement activities.

We're trying to set up a volunteer group to help manage the park as well as the community orchard as, in the long run, we'd like some local people to take an interest in that and eventually harvest the fruit that will come.

"We even had one gentleman who went off to buy a scythe afterwards as he going to do it in his own garden.

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"We got a great reception from the people who turned up, they absolutely loved it.

"We also had some young people there too, as well as the usual volunteer types."

Regular monthly gardening sessions continue at Beacon Park until November.

For more information about Making Space for Nature and how you can volunteer email spacefornature@cornwall.gov.uk.