In-person course
in Stanwick, Wellingborough Maker & location details

Willow obelisk (s)



A fun and practical workshop to create a garden support (or two) with willow. Using a combination of green willow sourced on site and buff willow from Somerset. This is a ‘slow’ craft. The skills take time to acquire and build up strength in your hands. You will learn new skills and understand how different materials can be used to weave and create. The finished structure will make a lovely addition to your garden and home, supporting sweet peas or climbing plants or the perfect gift for a lucky friend! A truly sustainable addition to your garden. We will talk about hedgerow materials so you can recreate it when it needs to be repaired or replaced. The larger obelisk will be approx. 50cm wide at the base and 170cm tall. If there’s time a smaller obelisk can be made during the afternoon session. Please note you may have to kneel at the beginning of the workshop. And it can get a bit grubby so wear suitable clothing. The group will be kept to a maximum of 10 - so everyone will have individual instruction, help, and support. Your tutor, Jane Roberts, has a passion for all things natural and weaving! Plus, a passion for running workshops for people who want to learn a new skill and have some fun whilst doing it! She has a BA in Fine Art from the University of Northampton and is a member of the Basket-maker’s Association. She has been delivering and managing community arts workshops and projects for over 20 years and is delighted to be working at Stanwick Lakes. The course will take place in our training barn at Stanwick Lakes, a beautiful 750-acre nature reserve and visitor attraction in the heart of Northamptonshire’s Nene Valley.

What's included in the price?

Tools, materials and safety equipment are provided. Basic tea /coffee and biscuits are provided free of charge during the course. Food and drinks can be purchased in the café in the visitor centre or bring your own packed lunch. Car parking is also free of charge on the day of your course.


Cancellation policy

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


Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users
  • Hearing impaired
  • Limited mobility
  • Learning difficulties (SEN)
  • Father's Day
  • Mother's Day
  • Romantic
  • Parking provided
  • Christmas
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Easter
platinum badge
What does this mean?
Message the tutor


Rockingham Forest Trust, Stanwick Lakes, Stanwick, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, NN9 6GY