Willow Weaving - Birds and Animals COURSE CANCELLED (HE09U32B)

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Where? Five Ashes Village Hall, Five Ashes, East Sussex, TN20 6JA.
When? Saturday, 10:30am - 4:30pm on 6th November 2021 for 1 day.

This is an in-person course. In the event of restrictions being reintroduced and if the class is remaining in the venue, you will be informed of further safety measures. If the lessons cannot take place because the tutor has to isolate or in the event of government imposed restrictions or lockdowns, every effort will be made to reschedule the missed classes. If this is not possible we will refund the outstanding lessons.
How much does it cost? The full fee is £85.00.

How to enrol?

You can enrol by phoning ACRES' House on 01825 761820 on Monday to Friday between 9:30 am and 4 pm. Alternatively, to register your interest in a course please email adultlearning@acres.org.uk with the course title and your contact details and a member of the team will call you back to enrol you on your chosen course.

Course overview

A fun but intensive one day workshop using willow to create a 3 dimensional sculpture for your garden. All materials supplied.

During the course

Specific Covid Considerations:

To ensure Safe Practice during practical sessions:



You must not attend the class if you show signs or symptoms of Covid-19, are awaiting results of a PCR Covid test, have been in close contact with a Covid-19 patient within 14 days or anyone who has been advised to self isolate for any reason. Please inform the ACRES' office, who will advise the tutor.


All tutors, students and visitors are encouraged to participate in rapid lateral flow testing in the interest of everybody's safety, however, this is not a mandatory requirement. Test kits are readily available locally or from https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests


For further information please see Policy & Procedures on the ACRES website.

What you already need to know

This course is suitable for absolute beginners, those interested in gardening with some basic craft skills, and for students who already have some experience.

What you will learn

You will learn the techniques of crafting with willow and you will construct an animal or bird garden sculpture to take home.

How you will learn it

The tutor will demonstrate the techniques required to design and create a willow structure. You will have hands-on practice as you create your own, along with group discussion and 1:1 support and guidance.

What do I need to bring to the first session?

The tutor who will bring fresh willow on the day, but if you have any bright shrub stems e.g. dogwood / Cornus alba Siberica, that you would like to use to enhance your structure, please bring along a selection of thin stems.

- A sharp pair of secateurs & a pair of pliers
- a note book and pencil & a measuring tape

- Wear old clothing and closed footwear (no sandals)
- You may also wish to use garden gloves and eye protection

To avoid unnecessary cost please do not purchase any materials or text books until you are certain that your course will run. Course decisions are normally made a week prior to the course start date. Course decisions are normally made a week prior to the course start date.

** Please note: For all day courses students are asked to bring a packed lunch as lunch is not provided at the venue.**

How much extra study or practice is involved?

What do previous students say?

"Tutor was very patient and demonstrated each stage clearly. I was worried I wouldn't be able to do it but he showed me what to do and I am delighted with what I have made."
"I think this is the start of a new obsession for me. Thank you for a great day."
"The day went so fast, I am so pleased I came."

What are the next steps within this subject with ACRES?

Danny teaches a range of different willow sculpture days. Visit the ACRES website to see when the next one is.

What are the future steps beyond ACRES?

Find out more about Danny's artwork, projects and upcoming workshops outside of ACRES on https://www.axisweb.org/artist/dannymanning

An accredited sculpture or gardening course at Plumpton College (www.plumpton.ac.uk)
City Literary Institute in London offer a willow basketry course with a qualification. (www.citylit.ac.uk)

Find out about other courses with the National Careers Service for opportunities to extend your skills and knowledge.

How can I get further information about these?

For information about further courses, please consult your tutor, the ACRES brochure, the ACRES website at www.acreslearning.org.uk or telephone our office on 01825 761820.