We grow a variety of beautiful willows in beds on our nursery overlooking the Exe Estuary in South Devon.
We have over 30 willow varieties which are grown for their individual properties of colour, vigour, texture and USEFULNESS. We have beautiful willows for basketry and craft – greens and yellows, reds brown and orange, blacks and purples, even stripy and curly. Some varieties that grow more vigourously and thicker are good for hedges, fences, windbreaks and living structures.
Willow Purchasing and Courses
Willow bundles of fresh and dried willow and willow craft kits will be avaliable in our ebay shop
Commission for living willow structures such as domes, tunnels and fences see COMMISSIONS
Willow courses 2021 – 2022
A bit about Willow
Willows are from the plant family Salicacaea and genus Salix from which there are over 400 varieties. This huge collection of plants are incredibly USEFUL.
Used as a versatile material in building, agriculture and production for centuries and beyond as timber and charcoal, it has an endless use in the creation of beautiful and USEFUL items. Throughout history most of our British industries and in day to day living willow products would have been used; from willow as hurdles to keep livestock, baskets in delivery and manufacturing, fishing pots and coracles, to furniture and cricket bats.
Willows have huge wildlife value, they have early spring catkins provide a source of nectar and pollen for insects and bees, the leaves are enjoyed by caterpillars of many moth species (Eyed hawk moth, Puss moth, Red underwing to name a few), and willows provide nesting and shelter for birds.
Willow bark and has medicinal properties containing salicylic an anti inflammatory pain relief compound the origional source of asprin.
Willow has been used throughout history as a natural dye from the bark tannin to colour fleece and fabrics.
Soil Improver and Conservation
It grows adaptively in most climates, aspects and soil conditions, unfussy but adoring wet sunny areas. Willow is good for encouraging drainage of wet and boggy area, it even improves polluted sites removing contaminates from soils and improving ground with root biomass and nutrient improvement. Willow is used in conservation efforts for soil errosion and riverbank stabiliation due to its quick growing nature and flood tolerance.
Willows grow super fast with some varieties reaching 15ft a year for this reason it makes an amazing short coppice rotation species for the biofuel industry. They readily root and are easy to propagate with little effort, willow just wants to grow.
They have a natural rooting hormone which is why they are so effortless at growing well, this also means a root and growth stimulant and can be taken from them to help other plants to grow well. Soaking willow in water is all you need to do to get ‘Willow Water’ a magical plant growing potion!