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Breckland Master Gardeners discover traditional willow-weaving skills

Breckland Master Gardeners discover traditional willow-weaving skills

One of the perks of being a Breckland Master Gardener is learning new skills through our seasonal in-service training events.  In the spirit of winter, the latest training day featured a masterclass in traditional Willow Weaving, delivered by Katy Fullilove of the Swaffham ESCAPE project.

The event was held at Necton Community Centre, where their main hall was large enough to cater for 15 of us, plus 9 foot long willow canes.



Preparing the smaller willow branches for weaving through the uprights.

The willow was harvested locally by Katy from both the ESCAPE allotment and the Green Britain centre.

A couple of the Master Gardeners did willow-weaving in the past, but they all thoroughly enjoyed this practical workshop, producing a garden feature which will support new plants in the spring.


Master Gardener Paul getting to grips with the weaving pattern, in, over, out and again.

Once the artistic willow creations were complete, it was time for lunch – a Christmas bring & share to celebrate the festive season.  Savoury and sweet home-made treats made from home-grown organic vegetables with enough for seconds, thirds and even another round.  To help this wonderful food go down, Robert brought and prepared mulled applejuice – simply delicious.  There was no waste.

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