School Workshops and visits.


At long last some lovely warm weather, even if todays course students are complaining its a bit too warm!

The last few months have been difficult with the weather keeping us on our toes. Thankfully, we managed to finish cutting and we have planted another 5 acres at Westonzoyland by hand in the last few weeks, this weather should give them a good start now.

Mike and Jack have also been busy with the maintenance of the willow beds ready for the new crop to start growing.

Trimming the withy bed.

 The white willow season is almost upon us and we need to bring in all the harvested willow, so we are hoping it stays dry for a while yet. Seems like the boys are going to be very busy for the next few months.
Amanda and I have  been busy with school visits and corporate events here too but we were also lucky enough to have a work experience student Lauren with us over the past week. She has been a great help and has gained office experience, participated in a corporate workshop and helped with the tourism side of our business, taking people on tours around the farm and explaining what we do here at Musgrove Willows.

Keep smiling Lauren and Amanda , it helps! : )

Lauren has even said she’d like to come back in the summer. She must be mad! 

We still have a few places left on the morning session of our Saxons Day workshop on June 1st. so if you are looking to do something a bit different over the half term holiday why not come along with the children and see how things were in the day of the Saxons.

Pre- Booking is essential so please ring Ellen or Amanda on 01278 691105 or 01278 699162 to book your space. We look forward to seeing you.

Westonzoyland Year 6 pupils day out.
Westonzoyland Year 6 pupils day out.

As it was our daughter’s last year at Westonzoyland Primary School and we were taking part in Somerset Art Week, we thought it would be a good idea to invite her teachers and friends to weave insects and what ever they liked related to that from willow as an end of year project.  The school unfortunately a few years ago suffered an incident in which much of the past exhibits children had made were destroyed, so we thought after SAW weeks the school could have them back to exhibit and keep. The whole day was a great success but tiring!  They even enjoyed feeding the animals and having a run around outside as for once the sun was shining! 

We have received some fantastic thank you letters from  all the children

and from the Acting Headteacher Mrs Harris, who was delighted the children had an experience they nor the school will forget. 

The children’s letters are available to see in our Display area , their willow insects  will be on view during Somerset Arts Week  September 19th to October 4th , why not come along and have a look for yourselves, we would love to see you. 

 Not forgetting you can also feed the animals and run around in the sun if it is ever likely to shine!!

Phew, this last week has been extremely busy in the Musgrove Willows calender and it doesn’t look like slowing down any just yet.

Not only have we had a really successful Willow Sculpture workshop led by Sarah Webb on Wednesday 1st July , (you must take a look at the pictures, fantastic ), but we also had a visit from Yeovil Young Farmers , who wanted to learn more about willow growing and weaving. They  ended up with some extremely funny looking fish!

On Thursday, Musgrove Willows had a day trip out to Kilver Court in Shepton Mallet. The gardens, first created by Earnest Jardine in the 1800’s,  have been beautifully restored and feature a Grade 11 listed viaduct as a most impressive backdrop. Owned now by Roger Saul,  founder of the Mulberry label, the gardens have been opened  to the public for all to enjoy. To visit the gardens or to find out more about Kilver court and all that they offer  click on www.kilvercourt.com.  We had a very successsful day with much interest in our workshops and willow garden plant climbers and structures.

Yet more, on Saturday James was at Chilton Cantelo School in Yeovil for their Summer Fete and  I attended our village event, Westonzoyland’s Heritage Day at St Mary’s church. Extremely hot , busy,  and good fun. children tried their hand at Willow weaving and we made lots of willow fish, swords and sunflowers.

willow sculpture participant

willow sculpture participant

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willow plant climber

Sculpture course student and her duck

Pigs day out at Kilver Court
Pigs day out at Kilver Court

Recently, Ellen and James from Musgrove Willows helped a team of very Environmentally conscious children from Haygrove School in Bridgwater realise their dream of having an Eco friendly area of the school garden. They wove hurdle type planters and prepared an area of ground ready to plant a living willow dome next February. They also planted a small Willow bed to encourage wildlife and the new growth that will appear in the late summer they can use after harvesting to make their very own willow sculptures in their art classes.

hurdle weaving with Haygrove Eco team

Hurdle weaving with Haygrove Eco team

Eco team members from Haygrove School Bridgwater

Eco team members from Haygrove School Bridgwater