Make a willow plant support

Making your garden obelisk


This is a practical class where you will learn about weaving with willow and make your own willow obelisk to grow your sweet peas or runner beans up.

Julie Gurr is a basketmaker/basketry artist with over 20 years experience of making and over 15 years of experience teaching. She was originally and taught traditional basketry by professional makers in England, Scotland and Ireland. She now uses traditional techniques to make functional and contemporary baskets and other forms. She mainly uses willow but also works with softer materials.

Course Programme:

1. Introduction to Willowweaving and initial demonstration
An introduction to the materials and tools that will be used and demonstration of the strong pairing weave used on this structure.

2. Have a go
Using a template to support the large willow rods, you will be able to practise the weave and complete your own obelisk up to 6ft high. Further techniques will be demonstrated as needed

3. Willow Growing and Preparation
There will be an opportunity to discuss willow growing, harvesting and preparation if participants are interested.

Please note: You will need to kneel on the ground to start making the plant support if you are unable to do this please get in touch and we will make arrangements for you to work at a table (this may mean however you will have to make a smaller sized obelisk).

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 8 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

A fun, practical day learning willow weaving skills. You will be able to take home an obelisk that you have made, plus a handout on the types of willow available, where to buy it, and how to prepare it.

Willow weaving requires some strength and dexterity in the hands. Course participants should be aware that sharp tools will be used and some activities will require reasonable physical input. Stout footwear must be worn (no open-toed shoes please).

Refreshments will be provided, including a homemade cake, tea and coffee.
Please bring your own packed lunch.

Parking is available at the entrance to our farm and our training room is just a short walk down our track.

What To Bring:
It is helpful if you can bring your own secateurs and a sharp knife suitable for wood if you have one. Tools to share will be provided. Please bring lunch.


Kerry Weller at Mantel Farm
Mantel Farm
Henley Down
Catsfield, Battle
East Sussex
TN33 9BN

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Fathers Day
  • Hen dos
  • Limited mobility
  • Mothers Day
  • Parking provided
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
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