Brampton Willows is based in the beautiful Suffolk countryside and headed up by Louis Champain. He purchased the company late 2019 and runs it alongside his garden design and construction company, Champain Landscapes LTD.
Brampton Willows was started by Robert Yates in 1988 and was owned by him for around 30 years. Robert trained and qualified as a Chartered Surveyor before returning to the family farm at Brampton in 1985. He started growing willow as an experimental crop to sell to a local basket maker. He soon began to weave the willow himself and set up Brampton Willows in 1988 specialising in designing and making bespoke willow products, mainly for the garden but also making cross country obstacles for top international Horse Trials including Badminton and Burghley.
Brampton Willows now employees a small team of highly skilled craftspeople to which Robert has passed on his extensive knowledge of the craft. Darren Jordan, our General Manager and long-standing employee runs the production side of things and is the main point of contact on site. We share an office with sister company Champain Landscapes and full office support is available to ensure a smooth operation throughout projects, headed up by our lovely office manager Libby Eves!
Exhibiting at both the Chelsea Flower Show and Hampton Court has helped us establish and maintain a highly respected reputation. This in turn has enabled us to win clients across the UK, throughout Europe and we have even provided bespoke willow fencing for a client based in the Bahamas!
Robert continues to farm locally grown willow from his home in Brampton and supplies the company with what they need to continue to create beautiful willow products. This makes our entire process beautifully simple, local and sustainable!