Willow Cuttings

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Willow Cuttings

We provide 7 varieties of organically grown basketry willows from January until the end of February.

You can grow a fair amount of willow on a small amount of land. Willow provides the first pollen of the year to bees. Willow needs to be grown, ideally in damp soil, away from large trees. It is best kept weed free, so we advise you to plant through a membrane, such as cardboard or thick mulch. The willow is coppiced every year between January and March, then stored until dry. Once dry you can re-soak the willow and weave. All these willows need to be soaked for 2 days per foot in the summer and 3 days per foot in the winter. Being self-sufficient in willow gives the same level of satisfaction as eating your home grown spuds .

We provide 6 varieties of organically grown basketry willows from January until end of February . Cuttings can be posted. Please contact Kirk for planting advice and placing an order.

14” cuttings are now £1.00 each plus postage and packaging. Minimum order 20 cuttings.  Contact Kirk on kirk@transitionkingscliffe.org.uk

  • 07415 240944
  • suekirkwillowbaskets@outlook.com

S.rubra “Harrisons”
A stout rod , great for log baskets , produces a beautiful curve on a border . Colour orangey/red brown-dark brown.

Le Bleu

S. purpurea “Le Bleu”
A long , thin soft rod. Great for tying in a slath, or for frame baskets. Colour light grey/bluey green.

Dark dicks

S.purpurea “Dark Dicks”
A thin, hard rod. Looks good on a French Rand. Beautiful vibrant colours , can be checkered red, green all the way up the rod.

Green dicks

S.purpurea “Green Dicks”
A long thin rod with considerable strength. Great for tightly packed borders and holds its curve. Olive green with a shiny bark.

Brittany blue

S. purpurea “Brittany Blue”
A favourite of our students . A strong rod which soaks up nicely. Colours range from dark bluey purple at the base to a grey mossy blue at the top

Packing twine

S.purpurea “Packing Twine” (Sorry sold out )
A tough rod can sometimes need extra soaking, difficult for beginners to weave with though. Colours range from subtle browns to orangey brown.


  The new programme for 2022 workshops is now on the website. We still have availability on the Contemporary Bark Basket Workshop but the rest of our workshops are now full . Workshop dates for 2023 will be on the workshop page on 1st Nov.

We are delighted to be hosting a Contemporary Bark Workshop with Basketmaker Maggie Smith, places still available for this unique workshop. Get creative with Maggie's excellent tuition and learn the technique of stripping bark from willows grown here in King's Cliffe.


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