20 July 2019
Venue: we’ll be based in 70 acres of ancient coppiced woodland, on a family-run working farm. A peaceful and beautiful setting. Dernwood Farm, Waldron, Nr Heathfield, Sussex, TN21 0PN
Spend a day in the woods, round a camp fire, making a frame basket using wild rose and true English rush (Schoenoplectus lacustris). These beautiful, tactile platters are perfect for bread or fruit. We’ll harvest some wild rose on the day for making frames. English rush is a delightful material to work with, a native plant with a long history of use in basket making. It makes a lovely partnership with the wild rose.
We’ll also have time set aside for connecting to the woodland surroundings, making the day a nourishing as well as a learning experience. Suitable for all levels including beginners. Groups are kept small to allow for individual attention and a satisfying learning experience.
I loved the basket-making day because we were out in nature, sitting around a fire and it all seemed really relaxed. I was very skillfully tutored and encouraged, met some lovely people, ate delicious food and generally had a great time! Not only did I leave the woods relaxed and happy at the end of the day, but I also came away with a very useful basket and a restored faith in my own abilities! Anne L, Sussex.
Accommodation: make a weekend of it
Camping is available at the farm venue and full details about this will be sent to you when you book on the course. The farm also has glamping options, including cosy bell tents and cabins with wood-burners.