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All Welcome To Willow Day

Anybody wanting to know more about basket weaving, fence weaving or how to make a wreath is invited to come along to a day dedicated to the humble willow tree.

The event, which is being organised by South Tyneside Council's Countryside Team, is scheduled to take place on Sunday 9th February. The morning session will run from 10am - 12 noon and is being held at Newton Garths, Boldon Lane where visitors will be able to check on the progress of hundreds of willow trees planted two years ago. Visitors will have the opportunity to harvest some 'whips' or young shoots of the trees, which can then be used to make various structures in the afternoon. Wrap up warm, wear stout footwear and meet on Boldon Lane, opposite the entrance to Newton Garths (look out for the Countryside van).

The afternoon session will run from 1pm - 3.30pm and will be spent indoors at Chuter Ede in the company of local willow expert Gary Fawcett who give a demonstration on how to make a variety of items from willow. Visitors will be able to try their hand at making mini hurdles, stars, wreaths or even climbers for garden plants and will be able to take home the fruits of their labours.

Both sessions are free of charge and all are welcome to attend either one or both. Anybody planning to come all day is advised to bring a packed lunch.

Anybody wanting further information can contact: Clare Rawcliffe, Local Nature Reserves Officer on 424 7423.

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