To coincide with the launch of the new Shepton Mallet pop up arts venue, Create@#8, I put together a winter programme of willow weaving workshops there. I have also spent three days in a school involving with every child to make a living willow tunnel. Its been a busy week out of the design office working with natural materials, now I’m ready to get back to my desk and woodburner to focus on some planting plans.

Living willow tunnel at St Andrews School, Burnham on Sea
Willow reindeer, the very tall Somerset species!

I received some lovely feedback from one of the participants

Hello Angela,     Thank you so much for sharing your willow craft skills today, enabling everyone in the class to make a reindeer.   I'm amazed at how much was achieved in just four hours. Your thoughtful preparations, and guidance meant even complete beginners like myself, came away feeling uplifted. Thank you again. I hope you have a lovely Christmas & New Year. Jan"