Willow workshop

Sunday, December 6th 2009

It's been a very busy week with meetings here, hence this is the first blog post in a few days.

Today was the Willow Wreath Workshop and 15 people, (ladies AND gentlemen), turned up to make decorations for Christmas.

Sophie and I had gathered in the willow on Thursday. There was plenty to choose from as most of the net rides here are pollarded willow. Having been cut earlier this year the long first year growth we were looking for was everywhere. A bit of judicious pruning and we had plenty of working material!

Willow workshop

Then, yesterday, Anne and Sophie gathered greenery from around the reserve to make the decorations. Together with stuff from the garden there was plenty to choose from.

Willow workshop

The first two photos show work in progress. As you can see we needed plenty of space for the springy willow wands.

A group photo at the end shows the beautiful creations which we ended up with. Although some people were skeptical about how they would manage, everybody was happy with the finished result. They were all amazing!

Willow workshop

Thanks to everyone for coming along and to those who helped, whether at gathering, washing up or clearing up at the end.

We hope you come along again next year.

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