Working with Willow at Oakwell Hall Country Park

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A workshop event designed to teach local people how to make living structures from willow is proving popular. Places on the ‘Working with Willow’ workshop, at Oakwell Hall Country Park in Birstall on Saturday, 5 March, are filling fast.

Willow is natural, flexible and inexpensive and willow weaving is one of the oldest, most enduring of handicrafts which has recently gained a new lease of life. From simple abstract shapes up to large animal figures, willow creations can be infinitely versatile and surprising durable. Willow can also be worked with as a material to make living fences, windbreaks and archways or airy green domes, arbours or tunnels which continue to grow and provide a welcome bit of shade in summer months

The workshop, led by our Ranger Patrick Crowley, runs from 10am to 4pm will involve harvesting willow from the country park’s own stock before working as part of a team to build arbours around benches in the gardens and a willow screen around benches by the wildlife pond. Tools will be provided. Suitable outdoor clothing is essential.

What could be more satisfying than making your own willow creation?

The workshop costs £20 per person, including a bundle of willow.

Want to get involved?

Places must be booked in advance by telephoning Oakwell Hall, Nutter Lane, Birstall, 01924 324761.

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