Willow Craft


We thought we would do something a little bit different this week and a bit of fun for the children and the many adults that visit us here.  So we decided we were going to build a willow maze!

Not quite a big or as complicated as the one at Longleat but nevertheless an exciting project for us to build and one we hope you will find a little bit challenging to complete.  As it is day 1 of the big build,  we have completed the outer perimeter and have marked out all our internal passageways.

Not for your eyes that one yet!  

So far we have used over 30 wads of steamed hurdle willow just for the outside. Thats without the endless number of posts and scaffholding poles for added strength to weave around. Next we will be weaving the walls of the passageways , if the rain holds off we may get it finished this week, so keep your fingers crossed for a bit of dry weather.

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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