Willow Crafts

About the course

This course covers the techniques of working with green willow. It will be out-doors in the College willow bed so warm clothing, boots and waterproofs will be needed. The willow will be provided and you will have the opportunity to make a willow hurdle or to try living willow sculpture, make a rough basket or bean pyramid, or anything else you feel inspired to make on the day. Bring a packed lunch and some secateurs.

The course aims to cover:

  • The management of willow coppices
  • Coppicing willow to produce useable stems
  • Living willow sculpture
  • Construction of a pyramid plant support, hurdle and basket

Progression

Coppice Crafts, Woodland management

Countryside Studies

The management of land for the conservation of flora and fauna, general recreation, environmental education and urban regeneration requires a blend of skills. These include an understanding of ecological principles, a sound knowledge of management and the practical ability to carry out conservation techniques – from river catchment systems to rural and coastal habitats.

Many job opportunities exist within the conservation, gamekeeping and commercial sectors, and as part of your progamme you will have the opportunity to develop countryside craft skills such as hedgelaying and drystone walling, useful for a range of future careers.