Willow garden structures at Cowshed Creative, the Lake District near Windermere



At Cowshed Creative in the Lake District, we run an extensive range of art, craft and heritage workshops in our beautifully converted art studio. WILLOW STRUCTRUES: Learn the skills to create your own willow ‘tipi’ garden supports that will stand you proud in your borders, just in time for the growing season! These beautiful willow structures are the perfect natural addition to the garden providing support for a wide variety of flowering plants and veg; roses, clematis, sweet peas, runner beans, peas and miniature squash to name a few. Create your own contemporary look using traditional rural crafts skills. No previous experience is required. You will learn some of the traditional principles and techniques of withy weaving, especially willow and hedgerow weaving. Information will be provided on ordering and storing materials and there will be advice on how to use willow in your garden for in-situ hurdles, borders and other projects. Expect to go home with your own willow garden tipi and, depending on how fast you work, a smaller object such as a perennial support or wreath. Suitable for beginners or intermediates. Students should be able to have full use of both arms and hands. People with severely strained wrists or hands might struggle with effort it takes to weave bigger withies. Please let us know before if you need the project adapting in size. Hannah Ehlert trained for three years in a coppice worker apprenticeship with a variety of crafts people at the Bill Hogarth Memorial Trust. She has run successful creative green wood-working courses for ten years, including; hazel wattle hurdles, Swedish spoons and greenwood carving and baskets and willow structures in the garden. She also runs family and adult Nature Connection courses and works as a qualified Forest School practitioner. Hannah’s classes are fun and sociable, whilst also providing quiet, relaxing time,allowing you to become deeply absorbed in your own project and connecting with nature. The workshop will be at Cowshed Creative, based in a converted Cumbrian barn on our traditional Lakeland Farm. The art studio is a stunning open plan space with plenty of room to wander outside and take inspiration from the amazing Lakeland landscape and environment of the peaceful Kentmere valley. Make it a special break and stay in one of our luxury camping pods on the farm. Check our website for availability.

What's included in the price?

The workshop fee includes some great tuition, a stunning venue and a tasty 2 course lunch. Teas and coffee throughout the day with a slice of cake to finish. Eat outside or enjoy lunch by the wood burner. There is an additional material fee of £14. All equipment is provided.


1 day (10:00am to 4:00am)

Cancellation policy

Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts



Cowshed Creative

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Take a look at our inspiring art and craft workshops , run by professionals - there is something for everyone. Come for the day and get making! Based in our two storey traditional Lakeland barn conversion, enjoy a social day in a friendly, relaxed environment, perfect to nurture your creativity. The art studio is a stunning open plan space and there is plenty of room to wander outside and take inspiration from the amazing landscape and environment of the peaceful Kentmere Valley.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Parking provided
  • Suitable for beginners
  • UK Holiday
  • Intermediate level
  • Accommodation offered
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Public transport
  • Daytime (weekdays)
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