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Sculptural Willow with Phil Bradley

Course Dates for 2021

Thu 13th May- Willow Plant Supports - £70 plus £10 for materials

Wed 30th June - Curlews - £70 plus £10 for materials

Thu 1st July - Curlews - £70 plus £10 for materials

Thu 8th July - Giant Willow Seed Pods - £70 plus £10 for materials

Courses are from 9.45am - 4.30pm approx. Price includes materials lunch and refreshments.

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Phil has been coming to Broadrake for a number of years now. He has a gentle, relaxed teaching style which always proves popular with students.

He lives in NW Cumbria where he grows his own sustainable willow for basket-making, garden structures and also bird sculptures, all popular workshop topics. There is a link to his website here.. The organic willow is included in the price and all the tools required will be provided.

A class working on willow curlew sculptures

Garden Plant Supports

This uses traditional basket weaves around the base of the support, to make is really strong with long base rods to insert the support securely into the ground. A different weave is used further up the support and at the end, a decorative top knot will tie in the top rods altogether. Very useful for your sweet peas or beans.


A very popular workshop for this iconic bird of the Yorkshire Dales, which breeds in the rough pasture around Broadrake. a framework is made for the body, and then random weaving is used, filling in the spaces with curves to outline the full body shape. The neck, head and beak positions can be adjusted to give each bird a unique pose. They look great staked into long meadow grasses but are equally at home inside on a small block.

Giant Seed Pods

A variety of weaving styles and methods can be used to fill in the overall shape of a poppy seed head formed from curving willow rods attached tightly to the support stick and gathered together. The tepals can then be woven or left open - there are no rules and there is opportunity to explore different methods. Two or three pods can then be positioned together to add height and interest into the garden border, or smaller ones in a pot. It's also possible to fill the pod with sheeps wool to provide nesting material for the birds in the spring.

A class with their willow seed pod sculptures

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