About the Course
Willow Garden Structures - a one day course
Willow is an amazing plant. A cut stem can re-root and grow through just being pushed in the ground. It grows incredibly quickly, is tactile, flexible and a joy to work with.
On this course you will develop skills and knowledge that can be used over and over in a multitude of ways. You will be introduced to willow as a beautiful material that is easy and very satisfying to work with. Having crafted your very own structure from willow, you will leave the day being able to apply your new skills to create both artistic and practical projects to use in your own garden or community spaces and schools. Watching your willow ‘sticks’ transform into lush green as spring arrives Willow is rewarding for children and adults alike.
Not only will you walk away with something functional, creative and beautiful, you will have done your bit for the environment by building a carbon absorbing chair!!
This course will cover:
Introduction onto weaving techniques
Information and guidance about where to plant living willow
Construction of your living willow structure;
Finish off with guidance on future maintenance.
This session will be taught by Alistair Hayhurst of Underwood crafts; founded in 2000 and based in Wirksworth, Derbyshire Alistair sources his materials from sustainably managed woodlands, coppicing and harvesting the materials he uses during the winter months.
Arrive: at 9:15 for a 9:30am prompt start
Depart: 4pm although this is approximate
Directions: Please see map featured on the website
What to bring: warm work clothes, pen and notebook, packed lunch
Let us know: if you have any special needs
All adult courses are open to 16 year olds and over.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
All willow and tool use is included. Refreshments and biscuits throughout the day but please bring a packed lunch.
Thoroughly enjoyed the day, excellent tutor and excellent venue for doing the course. Would recommend to anyone wanting to try a course at The Discovery Centre. Would agree with comment above about a handout at the end as there was so much to take in. Would also suggest the instructor has a folder with suggestions/ideas as to what to make as I had no idea what I wanted to make and also the dimensions of possible structures.
Kay Coe - - #17969
Lovely day with patient and inspiring tutor. I'm fired up now to do more! Only improvement would have been a handout as my memory not so great!
Sally Goldsmith - - #17968
Enjoyable, easy to achieve something meaningful and useful in the day. Challenging without being off-putting. Great tutor, gave good feedback and loads of genuine praise. I would highly recommend the course, the venue and the whole business model. Thanks very much.
Ronnie Smith - - #13903
Great day! I attended this course with my wife, it was really enjoyable day. The venue was great, Alistair the tutor was very knowledgeable, both me and my wife had a great time. I would definitely recommend the day.
Mike Andrews - - #13835
Fun day.People on.course friendly.Tutor was great.Very patient and helpful.Made us a lovely fire to keep us warm.Venue staff lovely and made us tea.Very inspiring.Ticked all my requirements thankyou.
Alison Campbell - - #11764
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