Living Willow from Willows Nursery
Willows is a small plant nursery owned and run by us – Les & Anne Cordes – with the name for the nursery
coming from a weeping willow originally here on the bare field site when we arrived plus the willow we planted
for much needed windbreaks for our original (and still important) venture – Hardy Cyclamen.
BUT THEN we realised just how varied, interesting and useful willow could be . . . . !
Living willow can be used to create height, form and interest in a garden or play area
with attractive, environmentally friendly, practical, useable structures – dens, tunnels,
shaded seating areas, wigwams, ‘fedges’ and more – and it’s fun and easy !
You don’t need to be an expert gardener or good at DIY*. Willow roots and establishes very
easily when you plant freshly cut willow (long whips or short cuttings) into the ground in Winter – and
if you buy one of our living willow structure kits you will receive full, easy to follow, planting instructions.
Alternatively you can buy the whips individually and plant to your own design.
(* You might notice that we use the words ‘plant’ and ‘build’ equally through this
website regarding creating living willow structures – it really is a bit of both ! )
Please be aware that the cutting/planting season is fairly short for planting unrooted living willow – generally
late November to late February. However, you can place your order in advance of the season and we can send
your willow as soon as you are ready to plant during that period.
We send living willow orders throughout the UK – to private individuals, schools, nurseries, and landscaping businesses.
We have our own stock plants for propagation, and our own willow beds provide cuttings of our best varieties of ‘functional’, weaving and ornamental willows – for you to grow windbreaks, attractive garden plants or to provide your own weaving material – and long willow whips, for you to create your own living willow structures and sculptures.
For more information, please have a look through the different sections of our website.
We hope that you will find them interesting and helpful – but please
get in touch if you have any questions or if we can help further.
Les & Anne Cordes
Living willow adds interest, form and structure throughout the year.
The Fedge A Kit is shown in winter,
9 years after being planted – the original stems have thickened over time and pressure grafted together.
The Wigwam Kit has just been planted.
The Small Dome Kit is shown in the Spring a couple of years after being planted.
Anne Cordes is a member of The Basketmakers’ Association – please visit their website if you would like
to find out more about the Association or the many and varied willow courses run by other members.
Anne also runs willow weaving workshops for small groups at our nursery – please click here for details.
This is a new website for us – although we’ve had websites for about
20 years – and we are still trying to iron out a few ‘niggles’.
So, our apologies if you come across any before they are sorted !