Willow Cuttings

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Willow Cuttings

We provide 7 varieties of organically grown basketry willows from January until March

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 7 varieties of organically grown basketry willows from January until March. Cuttings can be posted. Please contact Kirk for planting advice and placing an order.

14” cuttings are 50p each plus postage and packaging. Contact Kirk on kirk@transitionkingscliffe.org.uk

Due to the early spring we will not be sending out cuttings after Friday 6th March 2020.

  • 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.


You are invited to the Old Brewery Studios Christmas Open Day on Saturday 5th December 2020 . 9am- 5pm.

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY contact Sue on 07415240944 to book a viewing.


Our workshop will then be open as a pop up shop Monday- Saturday 9am-5pm from 7th - 23rd December.

We are closed on Sundays. No need to book an appointment. Please wear a mask and just 2 people in the shop at a time.

We will be selling traditional and contemporary baskets and also a variety of Christmas decorations.

We also have a selection of basketry tools and books for sale.....plus, small bird sculpture weaving kits.

We also have gift vouchers available for workshops.

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