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Hedgerow Frame Baskets – 2 Day Course


19 & 26 Feb 2018 – 10am – 2.30pm

Make your own frame basket to take home using materials gathered on the beautiful Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve. Basket making is an ancient craft; on week one you will harvest the  willow before learning how to create the framework of your basket using two hoops, binding them together using a God’s eye weave and adding in the ribs.

On week two you will be able to gather more willow along with additional suitable natural materials including ivy, larch and broom enabling you to complete your frame basket and leave with a finished piece. The cost of all the materials and use of the tools to make a basket is included in the cost of the course.

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Is this course for me?
This course is designed for beginners and improvers in basket making it is an ideal course for anyone wanting to learn a new craft using natural materials.

When and where?

Mondays 19 and 26 February – 10.00am to 2.30pm

Please arrive 10 minutes before the start of the course

Blashford Lakes  is in the New Forest, situated to the north of Ringwood, download our directions leaflet for instructions on how to find us.

What do I need to bring?


  • Suitable clothing and footwear for the weather on both days – please note our osier bed is uneven under foot so sturdy boots are recommended
  • Wear old clothes whilst weaving as willow work can be messy.
  • Please bring your own packed lunch.


  • Secateurs if you have them, but not essential as these can be borrowed on the day.

 Hot drinks will be provided on the indoor session


Tracy Standish

Tracy Standish is an Assistant Education Officer with HIWWT, based at Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve. Prior to this she taught environmental education for over eight years for East Dorset District Council, at Moors Valley Country Park. She has been leading willow workshops as both a member of staff and freelance tutor for the past eight years at various locations in Dorset and Hamphire, including Hoburne, Bashley in New Milton, Knoll Gardens and Walford Mill Crafts in Wimborne and Moors Valley Country Park, near Ringwood. Her work includes functional baskets as well as decorative items for the home and garden.


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