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Fun Willow Garden Decorations

Saturday 21 April 2018 10:00 - 16:00


Create your own sunflowers, bird feeders, dragonflies, hearts or leaping fish to decorate your garden.

Join Richard and Suzanne Kerwood of Windrush Willow to learn how to make some wonderful, fun items for your garden. They’ll start with a demonstration of how to make a bird feeder and will move on to show you how to make a dragonfly. You can then decide which other items you’d like to make and you will go home with three or more items at the end of the day. Whilst you work, you will hear about the history of willow working and learn about how willow is grown and harvested. You will discover the range of colours and designs together with learning the wonderful language of willow work including randing, butts, tips, slypes, mellowing, to name but a few terms.

No previous experience is required. This is a perfect course for those starting out or for those with some willow experience wishing to learn a new technique.

Suzanne and Richard Kerwood have been growing and weaving living willow in the UK since 1997 - a big contrast from their previous occupations (a bank officer and flying instructor respectively). Over the last 6 years they have specialised in bespoke projects including creating restaurant interiors, various garden features and fencing. Based on the outskirts of Exeter, Windrush grows 150 varieties of living willow. The hand-planting, harvesting, drying and weaving gives them a real sense of pride in their work and efforts to achieve an environmentally balanced lifestyle.

Price: Day Workshop: £85 pp includes all tuition, materials for up to four items, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.

Times: Arrive at 9.45am for morning tea. The course will start at 10.00am and finish at 4pm.

What to bring: Tools and materials are provided, however if you have a sharp pair of secateurs, a knife and notebook it would be useful. Willow work can be a little messy so we recommend you wear an apron or old clothes..

Why not make a long weekend of it to really expand your willow repertoire and arrive for Friday’s Willow Wigwam Garden Supports and stay for Sunday’s Willow Frame Baskets in a Day workshops? Just call us to arrange B&B.

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