Hazel, willow and storytelling from Bedfordshire

Finished products

five willow obelisks by WassledineWe make a range of products for home and garden using our own grown hazel and willow. Please take a look through these products and see what takes your fancy. Many of our products are seasonal but we are happy to take orders at any time of the year.

Plant supports

These are very popular with gardeners looking for a bit of elegant height in a potager, cottage garden or anywhere else for that matter. Several customers have told us that climbing plants aren’t essential.

Three 15 inch diameter, 5 feet tall willow obelisks

Three 15 inch diameter, 5 feet tall willow obelisks

They are 100% willow, some with a pointy top and others are rounded; the former we call obelisks, the latter cloches or domes. We produce these in a range of diameters, usually with a woven section at the base to hold the uprights in place and can be made from around 2-6′ tall.

Two finishes:
– spiral (one or two willow spirals), or random (willow run between the uprights in a series of random curves)
These finishes are not only attractive but add some strength and hold the uprights in place.
Here’s a selection of the type of things we make. If you don’t see what you want, we are happy to make bespoke items (or at least have a try) if you’ve got something in mind for your garden.

From £19

Here’s a selection of our obelisks

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Willow balls
24 inch willow ball in multicoloured willow

A 24 inch willow ball in multicoloured willow

Although I’m regularly asked what their purpose might be, I’m really short of a convincing answer. You could grow a plant through one if you wanted….
So if you can’t be doing with pointless willow things, look away now.

Made entirely from willow (no wire, string or other artificial stuff) a willow ball would add a beautifully sculptural element to your garden or home (admittedly you’ll probably need a larger than standard sized home). Customers have hung them from trees, used them as Christmas decorations and arranged flowers around them, but mostly they just get looked at.

From £45

Take a look at some images of our willow balls

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Fancy making your own? We run occasional courses in our beautiful small wood that will send you home with a willow ball you’ve made yourself. Take me there!

Hurdles and continuous weave fencing
One of Wassledine's 6 feet square willow hurdles ready for installation

A 6 feet square willow hurdle ready for installation

We make hurdles panels (made in our workshop) and continuous fencing (built on site), mostly from willow but with some hazel thrown in. These produce a beautiful and instant barrier which would add something really lovely to your garden.

These are natural and untreated so don’t last forever, but as long as panels are anchored strongly and you resist the temptation to climb on them, they will last several years.

One cunning way to use them is to plant shrubs or perhaps a hedge in front of a hurdle fence or use natural fencing as a foundation for climbing woody plants. In this way, you’ll make the best of their brilliant instant effect as your more permanent feature develops.

6’x5′ – £65

Contact us for details and for a price for your project. All our panels are made to order. We make most panels during the spring but are very pleased to receive orders at any other time of the year.

Take a look at some Wassledine hurdles

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Hazel and willow tunnels
A tunnel build from our hazel, covered in runner beans during July

A tunnel build from our hazel, covered in runner beans during July

Made in situ, these tunnels are great for anyone wanting a bit of height in their garden. How lovely to pick runner beans and other climbing edibles whilst strolling through a tunnel.  We can make these in widths from around 1 – 2.5m, height to about 2m and pretty much any length.

The tunnel in the pictures is all hazel but we have made them using a combination of willow and hazel.

Here are some past tunnels

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Arches and domes
An arch made for a wedding party

An arch made for a wedding party, from hazel and a beautiful yellow, contorted willow called ‘Caradoc’

We can supply willow and hazel if you are considering creating this kind of thing yourself. Alternatively we might be able to do it for you.

We built the arches to the left and right in May 2015 for a wedding party. They are made from hazel dressed with our favourite contorted willow ‘Caradoc’ and frame two paths to a beautiful yurt where the lucky couple were to spend their first night of marital bliss.

We are always pleased to talk about your ideas and can provide advice if you need it. Some of our most pleasing projects have been the result of collaborations with really creative clients, so if you have ideas and need help with materials and perhaps the practical side of things, do get in touch.

Take a look at some of our arches

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Living willow
A living willow 'fedge' in a Bedfordshire garden

A living willow ‘fedge’ in a Bedfordshire garden

In some carefully chosen locations willow can make a very effective and quick living fence, sometimes known as a ‘fedge’. It is very attractive and forms an excellent barrier in its first year. In some situations, we can incorporate coloured willows to give wonderful winter interest; take a look at our willow page to see the variety of colours we grow.

However there are significant factors that need to be considered before going ahead with a living fence or indeed anything using living willow.
Maintenance – Once established, willow grows very fast. This is good if that’s what you want, but it means regular cutting or a relaxed view to leaving possibly huge growth until the end of each year. Left unmanaged, without pruning, a living fence will become a row of attractive willow trees in only a few years.
Root run – To support vigorous top growth willow produces lots of root which can be a nuisance. Don’t plant it close to buildings, drains or your favourite flower bed!
Ground preparation – Willow is best grown from unrooted hardwood cuttings. In its first year it is very vulnerable to competition from weeds and to desiccation. Ground preparation is crucial – in the example pictured, a 2m wide strip was power harrowed to clear all weed growth, and produce a fantastic soft and deep tilth, and the willow was planted through a plastic mulching strip to trap moisture and suppress weeds.

We can send you some notes about using live willow.

Still keen? Please contact us to talk about what you’ve got in mind.
01462 711815

Some living willow projects we have worked on

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A willow panel using an open weave

A willow panel using an open weave

Panels in width and height to suit your garden (between 3 & 6′ long and 1 & 5′ high). Can be used as a division where a solid barrier isn’t what you’re after.

These are lighter and cheaper than hurdles, but the same open approach can be applied to hurdles and continuous weave fencing – more robust uprights are used for a more durable result.

Prices vary according to size and complexity

Christmas wreaths and yule decorations
Willow wreaths - Christmas decorations that bring natural beauty into your home

Willow wreaths – Christmas decorations that bring natural beauty into your home

From the plainest, single colour hoop to large and thick, multi-coloured extravaganzas, wreaths are popular at Christmas. They can be used as they are (they are quite beautiful), or decorated with whatever takes your fancy. It’s quite easy to slip leaves, flowers or lots of other decorative things between individual willow rods.

Several customers have asked for willow obelisks in November, telling us that they like the idea of having a tree alternative that will be moved to the garden and used to support sweet peas or morning glory, should the spring ever come.

Decorative willow
Willow stems look great in a vase especially in winter when natural colours are rare

Willow stems look great in a vase especially in winter when natural colours are rare

It’s beautiful stuff! We sell willow in simple bundles in the depths of winter; it really brightens up a room, lasts for ages and hasn’t been shipped half way around the world.

For something a bit more formal, we produce bolts of willow to your size specification. These are generally of dried material and can be tied with willow, raffia, or any string of your choice.

Willow from around 2′ to well over 7′ available; straight and distorted, branched and unbranched. greens, reds, browns, yellows…

Wedding dressing – if you are planning a wedding and are looking for something unusual to replace or complement flowers, especially in winter when locally produced flowers are a challenge, willow is definitely worth considering.

See our willow page for detailed information about the varieties we grow.

Sticks for your garden
Hazel bean poles (bundle of 10) and pea sticks (bundle of 50)

Hazel bean poles (bundle of 10) and pea sticks (bundle of 50)

We supply lots of gardeners with simple sticks for supporting plants –  branched pea sticks, bean poles, shorter sticks for flower supports… These are all grown in Gravenhurst and can be either willow or hazel, depending on which you prefer.

The mainstream, garden centre solution is usually bamboo which isn’t a patch on hazel or willow in most situations and is often brought in from Asia. It’s also mostly very smooth, which isn’t the best finish for your favourite climber to cling to. Try hazel or willow and you’ll appreciate the difference. They are darker, so far less visually intrusive, can be supplied with branches and bends and a bit of roughness which your plants will thank you for (probably not literally).

Visit our hazel page for more information

Get In Touch

  Address: 45 Clophill Road, Gravenhurst, Bedford, MK45 4JH

  Phone: 01462 711815

  Mobile: 07794 013876

  Web: http://wassledine.co.uk

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