We had a dry (hooray!) overcast morning in the garden for our willow garden ornaments workshop last Saturday. The workshop was part of our Ten Skills for Transition volunteer development programme which was funded by Awards for All.
We worked with local environmental artist, Julie Starks (juliestarks.com), who specialises in willow structures, including living willow installations.
She began by telling us a bit about how willow behaves, where it comes from locally, and how to get it nice and bendy. She then demonstrated how to construct a simple cone-shaped trellis for climbing peas & beans, etc. We all started by practicing how to knot with willow – a very important skill, unless you want the whole thing to unravel!
It was a 4-hour workshop, and most people completed their structure in that time. Some of them got very creative. We were hoping to make one for the garden as well, but we ran out of time to do this unfortunately. But at least we know how to do it now!
Many of the participants wanted a follow-up session. We will try to arrange this for later in June or early July, if possible.