Join our Mailing List

Receive the latest news direct to your inbox by signing up below :

Your email address will be kept in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

Picnic at the Tees Valley Willow Plot

On the 1st of June, the Tees Valley basketry group met at Thornton Grange Farm.

Barbara, one of our members, gave a talk and brought some examples of willow and paper lanterns she had made with schoolchildren, for festivals, etc.*

We then walked to our leader, Jane Chapman’s willow plot. It was exciting to see the willow growing.

It was a lovely day. We had all brought packed lunches for a picnic, and our host, Jane Chapman, provided tea/coffee and cake.

Some members of the Northumbria Basket group joined us, and it was nice to meet other willow crafters.

Penny Stonehouse

Thank you to Jane for hosting a lovely day at your farm and welcoming those of us from outside the Tees Valley group. As Penny said, meeting new, like-minded folk is always good. 

Lorraine Griffiths

* Barbera has worked on lanterns at carnivals and festivals nationwide and even travelled to Beijing before the Olympics with a team demonstrating English-style lanterns.



Author Details

Author Name: Penny Stonehouse, Lorraine Griffiths, Alan
Publish Date: 4th June 2024

Image Gallery