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When we started selling willow and hazel people kept asking if we made things with these materials. We found quite soon, that we couldn't help ourselves and started making a range of products for home and garden.

Bean poles and pea sticks
We are now cutting hazel and are happy to take early orders for collection or possible delivery next spring. Also orders for any other products welcome now.
Please contact us to place an order

email 01462 711815, 07794 013876
(November 2015)

You'll find lots of ideas by scrolling down the page or you could use these links to jump down the page if you prefer...

Three willow balls in the spring sunshine

plant supports willow balls hurdles and fencing
trellis wreaths and yule   decorative willow
arches & domes unusual obelisks garden sticks

Savings for groups
These products don't courier affordably. Can you collect? Or could you get together with other, likeminded people locally and make a large order? If so, and if you live within about 60 miles of Gravenhurst, Bedfordshire, it may be possible for us to deliver in the spring and for you to split the cost. Please contact us to discuss.

We are keen to supply exactly what you would like and find that discerning gardeners tend to want something a little different, so we make objects to your specification if we can. We rarely carry much stock so if you need something unusual for your sweet peas to clamber up, a willow cloche, a piece of natural fencing or perhaps a beautiful willow ball, please get in touch...
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Plant supports
These are very popular with gardeners looking for a bit of elegant height in a potager, cottage garden or anywhere else for that matter. Several customers have told us that climbing plants aren't essential.
They are 100% willow, some with a pointy top and others are rounded; the former we call obelisks, the latter cloches or domes. We produce these in a range diameters, usually with a woven section at the base to hold the uprights in place
and can be made from around 2-6' tall.

Two finishes:
- spiral (one or two willow spirals), or random (willow run between the uprights in a series of random curves)
These finishes are not only attractive but add some strength and hold the uprights in place.
Here's a selection of things we've made recently. If you don't see what you want, we are happy to make bespoke items (or at least have a try) if you've got something in mind for your garden.
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From around £16
Detail of willow obelisk [image Michelle Dunn]

6' cigar obelisk in 2 willows with a pair of spirals 6' straight, willow obelisk with a random weave and about 22" diameter base Hairy obelisks made with 'Cardinalis' uprights 3'6" diameter x 6'  obelisk in willow and hazel with a pair of spirals
Cloche - about 5' tall and 15" diameter Cloche - about 36" tall and 22" diameter Cloche - 15" diameter and about 40" tall Two cloches
Willow balls
Although I'm regularly asked what their purpose might be, I'm really short of a convincing answer. You could grow a plant through one if you wanted....
If you can't be doing with pointless willow things, look away now.

Made entirely from willow (no wire, string or other artificial stuff) a willow ball would add a beautifully sculptural element to your garden or home (admittedly you'll probably need a larger than standard sized home). Customers have hung them from trees, used them as Christmas decorations and arranged flowers around them, but mostly they just get looked at.

From £40
One of our willow balls in a customer's garden [with thanks]
One of our willow balls in a customer's garden [with thanks]

In S.viminalis with a couple of white rods Three balls each made from a single willow variety, from 12" to 24" These are all S. viminalis, about 40" diameter S.viminalis and Flanders Red mixed into a ball of about 26" diameter
Hurdle using several varieties of willow Hurdles and continuous weave fencing 
We make hurdles panels (made in our workshop) and continuous fencing (built on site), mostly from willow but with some hazel thrown in. These produce a beautiful and instant barrier which would add something really lovely to your garden.

These are natural and untreated so don't last for ever, but as long as panels are anchored strongly and you resist the temptation to climb on them, they will last several years.

One cunning way to use them is to plant shrubs or perhaps a hedge in front of a hurdle fence or use natural fencing as a foundation for climbing woody plants. In this way, you'll make the best of their brilliant instant effect as your more permanent feature develops.

6'x5' - £65
Please contact us for details
Continuous weave willow fence using S. viminalis
Hurdle using several varieties of willow Continuous weave willow fence, built to screen compost bins

Fence with elements of living willow - just after completion
All willow fence with elements of living material, March
Living willow fencing 
In some carefully chosen locations willow can make a very effective and quick living fence, sometimes known as a 'fedge'. It is very attractive and forms an excellent barrier in its first year. In some situations, we can incorporate coloured willows to give wonderful winter interest; take a look at our willow page to see the variety of colours we grow.

However there are significant factors that need to be considered before going ahead with a living fence or indeed anything using living willow.
Maintenance - Once established, willow grows very fast. This is good if that's what you want, but it means regular cutting or a relaxed view to leaving possibly huge growth until the end of each year. Left unmanaged, without pruning, a living fence will become a row of attractive willow trees in only a few years.
Root run - To support vigorous top growth willow produces lots of root which can be a nuisance. Don't plant it close to buildings, drains or your favourite flower bed!
Ground preparation - Willow is best grown from unrooted hardwood cuttings. In its first year it is very vulnerable to competition from weeds and to dessication. Ground preparation is crucial - in the example pictured, a 2m wide strip was power harrowed to clear all weed growth, and produce a fantastic soft and deep tilth, and the willow was planted through a plastic mulching strip to trap moisture and suppress weeds.

We can send you some notes about using live willow.

Still keen? Please contact us to talk about what you've got in mind.
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fence with elements of live willow - summer after construction
The same fence in July of the same year

Open trellis section in willow Trellis
Panels in width and height to suit your garden (between 3 & 6' long and 1 & 5' high). Can be used as a division where a solid barrier isn't what you're after.

These are lighter and cheaper than hurdles, but the same open approach can be applied to hurdles and continuous weave fencing - more robust uprights are used for a more durable result.

Prices vary according to size and complexity
Open trellis section in willow
Open trellis section in willow Open trellis section in willow

Willow wreaths are popular at Christmas but also at other times of the year. This one's in 'Caradoc' a brilliant yellow willow with an attractive twist. Lots more styles and sizes available Christmas wreaths and yule decorations
From the plainest, single colour hoop to large and thick, multi-coloured extravaganzas, wreaths are popular at Christmas. They can be used as they are (they are quite beautiful), or decorated with whatever takes your fancy. It's quite easy to slip leaves, flowers or lots of other decorative things between individual willow rods.

Several customers have asked for willow obelisks in N, telling us that they like the idea of having a tree alternative that will be moved to the garden and used to support sweet peas or morning glory, should the spring ever come.
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A yule decoration or alternative to a Christmas tree [with thanks to our customer for the image]
Willow wreaths are popular at Christmas and also other times of the year. This one's in 'Caradoc' a brilliant yellow willow with an attractive twist. Lots more styles and sizes available
A yule decoration or Christmas tree alternative [with thanks to our customer for the image]

Small bolts of willow (about 5" at base) bound up with rafia and used as interior decorations Decorative willow
It's beautiful stuff! We sell willow in simple bundles in the depths of winter; it really brightens up a room, lasts for ages and hasn't been shipped half way around the world.

For something a bit more formal, we produce bolts of willow to your size specification. These are generally of dried material and can be tied with willow, raffia, or any string of your choice.

Willow from around 2' to well over 7' available; straight and distorted, branched and unbranched. greens, reds, browns, yellows...

Wedding dressing - if you are planning a wedding and are looking for something unusual to replace or complement flowers, especially in winter when locally produced flowers are a challenge, willow is definitely worth considering.

See our willow page for detailed information about the varieties we grow
Freshly cut willows in the sunshine - they look stunning in a vase and are at their best in the depths of winter
Bolts of willow (about 5" diameter at base and around 6' tall) bound up with raffia and used as interior decorations Freshly cut willows in the sunshine - they look stunning in a vase and are at their best in the depths of winter

An arch made from hazel dressed with our favourite contorted willow - 'Caradoc'. Built for a wedding party.
Arches and domes
We can supply willow and hazel if you are considering creating this kind of thing yourself. Alternatively we might be able to do it for you.

We built the arches to the left and right in May 2015 for a wedding party.
They are made from hazel dressed with our favourite contorted willow 'Caradoc' and frame two paths to a beautiful yurt where the lucky couple were to spend their first night of marital bliss.

An arch dressed with contorted willow - Caradoc - for a wedding party
A willow arbour built in in Jordan's Mill's gardens
A willow arbour built in Jordan's Mill gardens, Biggleswade, Beds. We thought kids might like to stick their heads through the circular holes; and that has turned out to be the case. They were inspired by the bubbles in the mill stream next to the garden.
We are always pleased to talk about your ideas and can provide advice if you need it. Some of our most pleasing projects have been the result of collaborations with really creative clients, so if you have ideas and need help with materials and perhaps the practical side of things, do get in touch.
One of three living willow domes in a school's garden; built with the help of pupils, parents and teachers
One of three living willow domes in a school's garden; built with the help of pupils, parents and teachers

Hazel tunnel built for climbing edibles
Hazel tunnel in March
Hazel and willow tunnels
Made in situ, these tunnels are great for anyone wanting a bit of height in their garden. How lovely to pick runner beans and other climbing edibles whilst strolling through a tunnel.  We can make these in widths from around 1 - 2.5m, height to wbout 2m and pretty much any length.

The tunnel in the pictures is all hazel but we have made them using a combination of willow and hazel.
Hazel tunnel built for climbing edibles, July
The same tunnel in July

An unusual obelisk made as a commission with part woven sides Some unusual obelisks...
We can usually adapt existing designs. Here are a couple we made as commissions.

Obelisks each with a small willow ball on top; another commission
An obelisk with a single broad spiral of woven willow Obelisks each with a small willow ball on top; another commission

Sticks for your garden
We supply lots of gardens with simple sticks for supporting plants. These are all grown in Gravenhurst and either willow or hazel, depending on which you prefer.
The mainstream, garden centre solution is usually bamboo which isn't a patch on hazel or willow in most situations and is often brought in from Asia. It's also mostly very smooth which isn't the best finish for your favourite climber to cling to. Try hazel or willow and you'll appreciate the difference. They are darker, so far less visually intrusive, can be supplied with branches and bends and a bit of roughness which your plants will thank you for (probably not literally).
Pea sticks - not just for peas!
The bees knees for peas (of course),
but also tremendous as supports
for those leggy herbaceous
  perennials that flop over in
summer winds. Get them in
early in the spring and your
plants will grow through them
 and lean on them like the
 lazy things they are.
Pea sticks - bundle of 15 branching tops, each with a sharpened end More hazel pea sticks (£4.50/bundle) Hazel bean pole, about 6'6"+ (from £1.80 each) Detail of high quality hazel stems
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