Willow is an incredible natural material, it’s not only beautiful and practical but it’s also sustainable and renewable. Most of our willow comes from the local farm in Brampton where the willow has been farmed since the 80’s. And as it’s grown locally in Suffolk it doesn’t travel very far, so it has a very gentle carbon footprint. Any additional willow we use is all sourced from Somerset, a well recognised willow producing region.
There’s virtually no processing required before we begin working with the willow. Freshly cut ‘green’ willow can be weaved straight into a fence or structure, and the cut willow that we store just needs a good soak before it’s ready to weave. We try to be careful and considerate about how we work, and wherever possible keep our impact on the natural environment to a minimum.
Willow weaving has been around since Medieval times, possibly long before, and has a very special place in the cultural heritage of the UK. It’s very much a dying art these days, with a dwindling number of willow growers in the UK and ever fewer skilled weavers. We are very proud to be keeping this tradition alive in Suffolk and able to contribute in a small way to the continuation of this beautiful craft and the training of the skilled willow weavers of the future.