Willow Cuttings

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Willow Cuttings

We provide 5 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 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 around 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 5 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
Le Bleu

S. purpurea “Le Bleu”

A long thin rod with a hard bark. Soaks up very slowly. Soaks better in the summer when water is warm.
Colour light blue/green, changes colour along the rod.

Dark dicks

S.purpurea “Dark Dicks”
A thin, hard rod, creates warmth in your basket. Beautiful vibrant colours , can be checkered red, green all the way up the rod. Soaks up well and is a versatile rod , one of our students favourites.


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

dicky meadows

S. purpurea “Dicky Meadows”

A long thin pliable rod.
One of our favourite willows due to it being a good all rounder. A strong rod which soaks up nice and quickly.

Colours range from light green/grey to darker mossy green



We are opening our workshop doors throughout Christmas from Saturday 2nd Dec until Wednesday 20th December. On sale will be baskets woven by Kirk and Sue as well as basketmaking tools and books. Alpaca cushions by Rosalind Stoddart, Handmade bags by Justin Capp, Calendars by Carry Akroyd, cards by Amanda Rigby and Jane Leycester-Paige.

Opening times 10am - 5pm

Closed on Sunday 10th and Sunday 17th, Monday 18th December.

NEW WORKSHOP DATES FOR 2024 ARE NOW AVAILABLE ON THE WEBSITE. We just have a few spaces left on the workshops, but we encourage you to join a reserve list for any workshops which are now full, as we often have cancellations. Just send an email with the description of the course you would like to attend and we'll be in touch if any cancellations occur.