Archive for the ‘community’ Category

Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Festival

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019

I am very involved in the Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Festival that will take place on 16 & 17 February.  This is the third year of the festival, it celebrates the life of James Allen, the first man to hybridise snowdrops.  The festival is held in the Market Place and church although there are 100′s of 1000′s of Galanthus nivalis planted around the town (three years of community planting).   The festival includes specialist snowdrop stalls (Avon Bulbs & Triffids Nursery), workshops for children and adults , arts & crafts in the church, a gardener’s question time panel, a lecture on Galanthophiles, walks, poetry and photography competitions…

Sunday at 3pm at St Paul’s School there will be a lecture on Galanthophiles , tickets £8

Gardener’s Question Time at Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Festival in the marquee, Market Place, Sunday 17th February 11am – 12. Free event. 4 local horticulturists on the panel: Mickey Little from Avon Bulbs, Chris Inchley from Kilver Court, Christo Nicole from Wyld Wood Garden Services and myself.   Questions can be emailed in advance (to but we will take questions from the floor also.

For a full programme visit

Dahlias trending in 2019

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019

“Dive into Dahlias” is a lecture by Noami Slade taking place Saturday 9th March at 11am at St Paul’s School, Shepton Mallet.  Everything you want to know about Dahlias including a propagation demonstration that I will run after the lecture.  Tickets £8

Somerset Arts Weeks pop up studio at Pilton Cider

Sunday, July 29th, 2018

Somerset Art Works Open Studios 2018

I am pleased to announce that this year I will be taking part in Somerset Art Works Open Studios 2018. I have joined forces with Miriam Sheppard and Pilton Cider to create a pop-up studio at Pilton Cider’s cidery. Offering art and cider tastings, what more could you wish for!

Miriam and I will be working daily giving a rare insight into how we work; our practice and inspirations. We are also offering concertina book making ‘have-a-go’ sessions for children and cider tastings for adults.

Our pop up studio will be open 11-6pm daily from 15-30 September 2018, do come and see us.

Willow herons – Strode College

Thursday, July 14th, 2016



This workshop was part of Strode College’s Summer School programme.  The workshop ran from 9am – 3pm with several participants finishing early!

The Priddy Hog

Monday, June 20th, 2016

On Saturday the rainy skies cleared and I helped a small group from the Priddy Folk Festival committee and Mendip Creatives to create a ‘Priddy Hog’.  ‘Hog’ was woven using a sketch drawn by Belinda Brownlea, he will be found at the bar supporting beer cups!

Priddy Folk Festival runs from July 8th – 10th.

Chipping Snowdrops for James Allen

Friday, April 15th, 2016

I am secretary to the Shepton Mallet Horticultural Society and for the last 3 years we have been propagating snowdrop Galanthus ‘Magnet’ by chipping.  Our 3 year old chips have started to flower this year and were planted out in front of Highfield House, James Allen’s former home.

James Allen was the first person to start hybridizing snowdrops in the late 19th Century and Shepton Mallet Horticultural Society are aiming to make the town famous for the snowdrop again.

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Willow fish project

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

As part of the AONB ‘Changing Landscapes’ project in the Stour Valley (Suffolk), I was invited to run a workshop last Saturday. 

The workshop participants used materials from the landscape weaving them into a large fish.  The fish represented
a)  the ‘unseen’ segment of the landscape
b)  the Stour Valley which inspired both Sir Alfred Munnings and Constable
c) the current work that the AONB have been undertaking in controlling invasive plant species
d) the sensitivity of the aquatic enviornment to change

It was a fantastic day, full of laughter, creativity and sunshine.

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Weaving in the woods

Saturday, December 1st, 2012

This morning I worked with an enthusiastic group of children in the woods  making willow Christmas decorations.   We were at the Holly and Hawthorne Forest School near Shepton Mallet, it was a very cold morning, the puddles were frozen and the crispy leaves outlined by tiny icicles but we all kept warm thanks to the fire, hot chocolate and toasted marsh mallows.  Every one made lots of Christmas wreaths and willow stars experimenting with different coloured willows, it was great for the children to be out in the woods weaving with natural materials.

East Pennard Gardeners

Sunday, November 18th, 2012

Pylle village hall was a great venue for a willow wigwam weaving workshop on Saturday.  I was commissioned by East Pennard Gardeners to run a workshop just for them, it was day full of fun and banter interspersed by silent moments of deep concentration!  Everyone made beautiful wigwams, some people experimented with different weaving techniques  and the refreshments were plentiful with the most fantastic cakes baked by members of the group.

Hampshire Welcomes the World

Saturday, July 7th, 2012

A project inspired by London 2012 Olympics, funded by Hampshire Council, managed by Making Space, Havant.

Hampshire Welcomes the World is a year long exploration and celebration of world cultures and music and an exploration of some of the extraordinary heritage sites in Hampshire.

Five rings, five continents & five different schools.  Each school working on projects linked to each of the 5 continents.  Front Lawn Junior School’s project was based on Oceania. 

Five days of weaving… one day per group of children.