Willow Weaving Workshop, 19 May


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.

May 7 Larkhall Garden Trail

We had a very successful Open Day for Larkhall Festival on the Bank Holiday Monday.  There were lots of very brave volunteers who turned out, despite the weather, to mind our plant and cake stall, and Tabitha ran two very successful workshops for children in our small marquee. 

A big thanks to everyone who helped.  We managed to raise nearly £100 for our garden development projects.

Upcoming Events

Wildthings – starts Friday 11th May, 10 -11.30 am

Wildthings, the wonderful outdoor playgroup held last year in Alice Park, is joining forces with Alice Park Community Garden to create:

Wildthings in the Garden!

Parents/carers will be free to volunteer and receive free training from Kathy Cook, our garden manager, while little ones are kept happy and busy with a outdoor playgroup, run by Tabitha or Hazel (of Wildthings).

Suggested donation: £2.50 per child or £4 for two children (to cover the cost of snacks, drinks & materials)

There are 12 children’s places available. Please email info@aliceparkcommunitygarden.org or fiona.williams@greenliving.co.uk if you are interested in joining.

A full list of Wildthings adventures are below

Friday 13th July 10.30 – 12.00 pm ‘wild beasts!’ – featuring minibeast hunting and making minibeast homes
Friday 10th August 10.30 – 12.00 pm ‘wild water!’ – featuring pond dipping and making pond mobiles (
Friday 14th September 10.30 – 12.00 pm ‘wild harvest!’ – featuring pupkin decorating and the drama of the enormous turnip
Friday 12th October 10.30 – 12.00 pm ‘wild orchard’ – featuring apple tasting, apple bobbing and much more