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Poldark star Aidan Turner a boon for ancient mowing method, scything

By Tony Jones

Published 30/11/2015

Poldark star: Aidan Turner
Poldark star: Aidan Turner

Poldark star Aidan Turner famously made female viewers swoon by scything topless, but his activities have also boosted the numbers of those wanting to learn more about the country craft.

Bathed in sweat and swinging the hand tool wildly, the actor was criticised for his scything technique, but some instructors from the national Scything Association have dubbed the renewed interest in the ancient mowing method the "Poldark effect".

Andrea Gilpin (44), who runs courses in the Welsh borders area, said the popular BBC series, about the life and loves of fictional 18th century Cornishman Ross Poldark, had encouraged those thinking about learning the country activity to take it up.

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