As well as leading my own Willow Basket & Animal Sculpture Days, I run bespoke willow basket making workshops for a wide variety of clients.  Current clients include River Cottage, RHS, the Soho House Group, Coates English Willow, The Garden House & Somerset Rural Life Museum.  Previous clients include Linley of London, CoLab Exeter, Social Enterprises, Schools and Corporate Team Building.

Willow Basket & Animal Sculpture Days:

All Willow Days are suitable for beginners and those with existing willow weaving experience.  Just bring along lots of enthusiasm and by the end of the day you will be taking home a willow basket or animal!


All Willow Days start at 9.30am and finish at 5.30pm (approximately)


Coates English Willow, (Willow & Wetlands Centre), Stoke St. Gregory, Nr. Taunton, Somerset, TA3 6HY


Maximum of 8 participants per day.  Refreshments, all materials and a tour of Coates English Willow are included.  Lunch is available at an additional cost at the adjacent Lemon Tree Coffee House.  Held in the indoor heated classroom.  All tools are provided, though you are more than welcome to bring along your favourite pair of secateurs and gardening gloves.  Please also bring an apron or wear clothing that you don’t mind getting a little mucky!

Book your Day using my ‘Make a Booking Enquiry’ form.

Payment is accepted by electronic bank transfer, PayPal or by cheque.  On receipt of your online Booking Enquiry Form I aim to reply within 5 working days with the availability of places for your choice/s and payment instructions.

Please note that due to the level of demand, places on my Willow Days are only allocated on a ‘first come, first serve’ basis on receipt of both your completed Booking Enquiry Form / Phone Call and your full payment.  Once you have sent in your booking, please bear with me whilst I work through bookings on a strict date and time basis, (I have to do this for my own conscience!)  To secure your place/s, when you have received my email reply please do get back to me with payment asap!

Please note that it is your responsibility to read the course full terms and conditions including the cancellation policy on my website Footer Pages.


I do offer my own Gift Voucher Service.  They make ideal birthday and anniversary gifts for family, friends or colleagues.  They also enable priority booking.

A £85 gift voucher enables your lucky recipient to attend any one of my set type of Willow Basket or Animal Sculpture Days (i.e. any of the Willow Days at which everyone makes the same type of animal or basket). At a slightly higher price, a £95 gift voucher enables them to attend one of my general Willow Basket or Animal Sculpture Days at which they can make a basket or animal of their own choosing.
If you are undecided about which gift voucher to go for I would suggest that you choose the £95 voucher and if your lucky recipient does choose to attend one of the lesser priced Willow Days I will also pay for their lunch and a slice of cake at the Lemon Tree Coffee House.

Please note that due to the demand for Willow Basket & Animal Sculpture Day places I am unable to guarantee that your gift recipient/s will be able to book a date within 4 months of receiving their voucher.  I advertise my courses 3 times a year and although I send out a priority publicity email to gift voucher recipients, it is up to your gift recipient to check for availability.  Gift vouchers are valid for 2 years from their issue date.  Also, once a date has been arranged for a gift voucher recipient, all normal terms and conditions, including my cancellation policy apply.


For the best chance of securing your Willow Day place/s I strongly advise you to offer me a 1st and 2nd choice of date and, (if attending with family/friends), make one group booking – all this will be gratefully appreciated!

(Please also note that I try my very upmost to update the availability for each Willow Day as regularly as I possibly can, but due to the amount of bookings I receive there can occasionally be a delay between places being allocated and my manually updating this page).


Very occasionally I do get cancellation places,  these are usually at very short notice.  If a cancellation occurs, I update availability next to my Willow Day dates and advertise the place on my website News page.  If I get a chance to, I email my waiting/cancellation list, (and sometimes, if time allows, I do try to phone around too!) If you would like to be on this list please let me know whether you are interested in weaving an ‘animal’ or a ‘basket’ or ‘both’.


I will be releasing my June – August 2020 Willow Basket & Animal Sculpture Day dates in late January – early February. By going to my Contact Page and ticking the box next to ‘SIGN UP TO OUR MAILING LIST!’ you will be able to join my upcoming courses newsletter and receive the next Willow Day dates prior to general public release.

Animal (General)


Make a willow animal sculpture of your choice.  Whilst learning sculpting techniques you will create a 3D interpretation of your chosen animal. It’s great to come along with an idea of the animal you would like to create; common wildlife is always popular!

Dates & Availability

Fri 17 Jan 2020 Fully Booked
Thu 6 Feb 2020 Fully Booked
Fri 6 Mar 2020 Fully Booked
Fri 1 May 2020 Fully Booked
Thu 7 May 2020 Fully Booked
Cost: £95

Basket (General)


Ideal for those who wish to begin playfully making baskets!  At this general Willow Basket Day you can choose to make either a sculptural free woven basket, a Zarzo basket or a round gathering basket that involves traditional English techniques.

Dates & Availability

Sat 18 Jan 2020 Fully Booked
Sat 7 Mar 2020 Fully Booked
Cost: £95

Beginners Round Basket


If you’ve ever wanted to make a willow basket but not known how to start, this lovely round basket, great for a small shopping trip is perfect!  Created especially for beginners, whilst making this basket you will learn some traditional English techniques and use willow grown on the Somerset Levels.

Dates & Availability

Thu 7 Feb 2019 Fully Booked
Sat 2 May 2020 Fully Booked
Cost: £85



Spend a day creating a bird of prey, coastal, woodland or moorland bird.  Not only will you weave a bird of your choice but you will also learn methods to make many other bird species.

Dates & Availability

Fri 10 Jan 2020 Fully Booked
Cost: £85



Create your very own characterful 3-4ft willow Deer in a day. Whilst making your 3D sculpture you will learn various willow weaving and sculpting techniques.

Dates & Availability

Thu 9 Jan 2020 Fully Booked
Sat 18 Apr 2020 Fully Booked
Cost: £85



Create a unique moon gazing, leaping or boxing hare sculpture. Using simple weaving and sculpting techniques you will make and take home a characterful  hare.

Dates & Availability

Thu 12 Mar 2020 Fully Booked
Cost: £85

Oval & Oblong Garden Basket


Choose to make either a lovely oval or oblong willow basket.  Perfect for gathering vegetables and flowers, I’ve developed both of these baskets so that you get to learn English Willow techniques and achieve a decent size basket in a day.  Ideal for those with a little more basket weaving experience or for adventurous beginners!

Dates & Availability

Sat 15 Feb 2020 Fully Booked
Cost: £85

Zarzo Basket


A stunning sizeable round or rectangular basket that’s great for beginners. Due to their growing popularity I’m now offering a dedicated Zarzo basket making days.

Dates & Availability

Fri 17 Apr 2020 Fully Booked
Cost: £85