ABOUT THE COURSE
A full day training course learning to make willow obelisks and plant supports for the garden at our training centre in the Hampshire South Downs. Come use our home grown willow to create a beautiful obelisk for climbing plants like sweet peas during the morning session. After a lunch break (you can bring your own food or order from the Beech Café) we will make shorter plant supports perfect for tall flowers. There will be several designs to inspire those who wish to experiment. Louise from Rough Around the Hedges will guide you through the day and help beginners and more experienced makers alike. All materials and most tools will be provided. We ask that you bring your own secateurs if you have some.
THE COURSE WILL GIVE YOU
- Ability to make a variety of items for the home from willow
- Knowledge on how to select suitable materials
- Understanding of how to grade, dry, store and soak willow
- Knowledge about the ecological credentials of willow
THIS COURSE IS SUITABLE FOR
Those with some manual dexterity, hand strength and patience! If you have a recent injury, please check with us first.
WHAT TO BRING/WEAR
- Warm work clothes, plus waterproofs/sun hat. This course will take place in our outdoor Woodland Classroom.
- Sharp secateurs
ABOUT THE TUTOR
Louise Arthur specialises in willow weaving and environmental education. She is highly skilled at making baskets from sustainable willow and foraged hedgerow materials. These natural, biodegradable, little gems reflect the biodiversity of our countryside hedges and range in colour, texture and form. Louise is a member if the Basket Makers’ Association and the Heritage Crafts Association. As an experienced workshop leader, she is passionate about sharing her love of willow crafts with adults and children.
You can get 10% discount when you stay with us during your course for 2 nights or more in our campsite or eco lodge. Please call us on 01730 823166 to make your accommodation booking. Our reception is open Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm.