About Cradle To Grave
WORKING WITH SOMERSET WILLOW IN DORSET
Cath has followed a journey into the intricacies of basket making and woven materials from cloth to entire buildings (ie: Yurts) This has lead her through bringing up three children whilst living a simpler life on the road, through living on low impact settlements to her present position as an artisan basket maker with a passion for sustaining our rural crafts.
This she is achieving by constantly searching for new ways to use willow, which is a plant that binds the very soil of the Somerset levels. She was taught to make baskets in the early 90's whilst living in a yurt and became obsessed with weaving and has been doing it ever since.
UK Basket Willow
Willow is an important floodplain and wetland tree. A good wildlife host, it stabilises silt to make soil through its fibrous roots, making it ideal for use in stabilising riverbanks.
There are many different types of willow. It is the material that once packaged all our products, before the advent of oil derived plastics. Not much more than 200 acres of willow is grown.
Packaging and global transport of low grade foreign baskets are now real issues, as is the loss of skilled basket-makers.
One thing you can do to protect the UK basket trade is to buy a basket from a local basketmaker. You will have a quality product that will last indefinitely, that will combat global warming with no energy taken up from our dwindling natural resources. You also have the security of knowing the cost is ploughed back into our local economy and environment.
Buy more baskets and use them with pride whether you are shopping or gardening.