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The Basket Maker

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Introduction
The Somerset Levels is the main UK wetland where willow is grown commercially. Dating to 1569 in the City of London, The Worshipful Company of Basketmakers still retains strong links with the craft. A complete basket from 3000BC is displayed in the British Museum.

 The Willows and Wetlands Centre entrance at Stoke St Gregory in Somerset with a cafe, shops, walks and talks. Chris and Marilyn visited years ago to research this theme.

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Hazle Ceramics
The Basket Maker
Limited Painting of 30
on Bury Nutshell
Hand pressed basket add-ons

 Coates harvest withies in winter. New beds are laid from the last year’s crop in late May, with eco autumn leaf mulch replacing fertiliser.

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 From the Coates Walks leaflet, the varied flora and insect life in this habitat help to create several bird breeding areas of importance.

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P H Coate & Son
Started by Robert Coate in 1819, methods have not changed much but products are adapted. Their Living Willow sculpture was shown on the BBC TV Gardeners World. Willow spiling and hurdles help to reinforce river banks. Willow charcoal is utilised by artists and is a propellant in explosives and fireworks. Their wicker furniture remains in great demand, much as it was during the Victorian era.

 Willow coffins are now a popular green option.

 Two posh picnic hampers! Coates supply famous shops and museums. Stage and film sets include Johnny Depp’s Sweeney Todd plus C4 TV’s River Cottage cookery show.

 The museum has a wheelchair and cart.

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