Rush Foraging Baskets
2 courses scheduled for 2018:
23 June, 23 Sept
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 foraging basket using true English rush (Schoenoplectus lacustris). These beautiful, tactile baskets hang across the body and are perfect for foraging berries, nuts etc… or just for carrying things in. English rush is a delightful material to work with, a native plant with a long history of use in basket making. It is particularly suited to beginners, but those with previous experience will be able to develop and consolidate existing skills.
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. Places limited to 10 participants to ensure individual attention.
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.
Please note that the cost of camping is not included in the course.
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 skilfully 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.