Weave a Willow Plant Support

Weave a Willow Plant Support

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A half-day Course



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.



Course Programme:
9.30am - 12.30pm


What To Expect:


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 practice 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).


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.

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.

If you have any dietary requirements please let us know in advance.

Please arrive at 15 mins before the start of the course for a prompt start


Course Tutor:
Julie Gurr





Julie is a basketmaker/basketry artist with over 20 years experience of making and over 15 years 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. You can see her work at