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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 & 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
No 12/30: just 4 had armchair
with a log basket as above left

 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 haven’t changed greatly but products are adapted. Their Living Willow sculpture was shown on the BBC TV Gardeners World. Willow spiling and hurdles help to reinforce the river banks. Willow charcoal is used by many artists and as a propellant in explosives and fireworks. Coates high quality wicker furniture is in big demand, just as it was in Victorian times.

 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 foodie series.

 The museum has a wheelchair and cart.

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