World of Willow

Willow catkins - 18th April 2010

For a while now I have been looking at getting some willow, the more I have looked into it the more I have liked the idea. After going on the basket making course last year it seemed time to get some. But what? There are some many different types out there, all are good for different uses and different conditions.

I wanted something that would help with drainage in the goat pen, grow reasonably quickly and be useful for making baskets and possibly using as a feed for the goats. After spending much time on the internet, looking at all the pretty colours and all the different uses I came across a listing for a collection of willow on ebay.

From there I found the World of Willow website and emailed Gwen, asking if she might offer me a special offer or collection. After letting her know what I wanted, she went one better and GAVE ME a lovely willow collection!

It arrived at the start of this month and is doing well; there are seven different verities in a range of colours from yellow through to black. Ideal for making lots of nice coloured baskets with. As well as the basketry collection there are also hedging and windbreaks, fuel and short rotation coppice andwildlife and bees collections. With a few more collections for livestock, small animals and bees.

It is now a bit late in the year for buying willow cuttings but World of Willow also run courses, at one of the best prices I have found. When I was emailing Gwen she mentioned that she had just collected a yurt to run them in so it sounds like they will be in a lovely setting as well.

4 responses to “World of Willow

  1. Fantastic. I’m sure you’ll have lots of fun making the baskets, I look forward to seeing them.

  2. So the willow will be used for goat feed, drainage and baskets? That sounds fantastic – triple duty! I like the idea of using willow for windbreaks, as I live in a very windy corner of the UK. But I don’t think I’ll have the soil for it.

  3. I’ve just started making baskets, from a book. I went on a willow sculpture course which resulted in a chicken that is now taking root in my veg plot! I look forward to seeing what you make.

  4. Pingback: Willow talk « A Life Less Simple

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