List of willow growers in Scotland

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The suppliers listed here grow and supply willow for basketry, gardens, sculpture, landscape and conservation work. Listed in alphabetical order of surname.

No guarantee is implied by their inclusion as to any aspect of their business or products.

If you have new information, want to be included in the lists, or if your details are wrong, please send an email to mail@willowscotland.co.uk.

Due to constant changes, the Word and Excel lists are no longer available. Thanks to Reforesting Scotland for the original list on which this was based.

For willow sculptors or garden sculptures, spiling or fencing makers, click here. For basketry, see Scottish Basketmakers' Circle.

Timing your order
Willows are cut when dormant (ie leafless), roughly between November and March. It is possible to buy dried or dried and peeled (buff) willow at other times of the year. There are no suppliers of buff willow in Scotland, but Kate Sankey (listed below) supplies dried willow (Flanders Red).

Rod - full-length willow stem (usually specified as 2 or 3m, which means approx average length)
Bundle - rods are often sold in bundles of approx 30 rods
Cutting (or slip) - cut piece of willow stem for immediate planting (usually about 30cm long)

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Les Bates
5 Fuaran, Torridon, Achnasheen, Wester Ross, IV22 2EZ
T: 01445 791365
E: croft7@btinternet.com
Les Bates grows and sources materials for Living Willow sculptures. Garden obelisks, hurdles and for sale  as willow cuttings and rods. Bowers, tunnels, fedges. Workshops undertaken anywhere in Scotland. Commissions undertaken.

Lise Bech
E: earthrite@gn.apc.org
A range of sizes and varieties.

Colin Blyth (Alligin Willows) has closed down. Please address enquiries to Les Bates.

Fred Conacher
Tree Officer, Angus Council, Parks and Burials, The Mart, Market Street, Forfar DD8 3WT
T: 01307  473027
E: conacherf@angus.gov.uk
Mostly Salix viminalis coppiced willow for live and dead sculptural work. 2m - 4m rods sold individually. Discounts negotiable for help with harvesting, selection and delivery. Willow harvested from Angus Millennium Forest (AMF) sites in Brechin, Carnoustie and Arbroath. For more AMF information see web site - www.angus.gov.uk/millennium. See more in stories.

Mark Davies & Alison Calcott
East Ayrshire Woodlands, Underwood Depot, Auchinleck Road, Cumnock, East Ayrshire, KA18 1RS
T: 01290 426 973
M: 07734 972 673
E: mark.davies@east-ayrshire.gov.uk
www.eastayrshirewoodlands.co.uk/Willow resources.htm
We design willow features, living structures, living hurdles and figure sculptures mainly for schools and community groups and manage our willow crop in East Ayrshire, with numerous varieties for both heavy structures and basketmaking, available as cuttings & rods. Mail order or delivery to surrounding counties can be arranged. Limited amounts of dried willow available outwith the season. Simple structures in kit form available. Artist’s charcoal made from surplus willow. Extensive information & image examples on our website.

Peter Donaldson
Glasgow Woodland Unit, 37 High Street, Glasgow G1 1LX
T: 0141 287 5089
6ha site with several craft willow species, located on the boundary of southern

Mike Ellis
Rogart, Sutherland
T: 01408 641357
E: mkellis7@aol.com
Small quantities for the time being - Viminalis, purpurea.  Living willow structures, fedges

Rob Eves
Auldgate Willows, 19 Auldgate, Kirkliston, EH29 9HB
T: 0131 333 2471
E: willow@auldgate.co.uk
Green bark varieties – Goldstones, Forbyana, Continental Purple and Abbeys; Red bark varieties – Black Maul and Rouge D’Orleans; Yellow bark varieties – Nicolsonii and Dicky Meadows; Blue bark varieties – Helix and Irrette; Dark brown variety - Leentges. All available in bolt or half bolts

Geoff Forrest & Jane Savage
Lamdoughty Farm, Loch Doon, By Dalmellington, Ayrshire, KA6 7QE
T: 01292 550 935
E: geoffandjane@phonecoop.coop
Work with groups including children on willow work - furniture and structures. Variety of willows with cuttings likely to be available from Winter 2003

Harry Frew
Cheviot Trees, Newton Brae, Foulden, Berwick upon Tweed, TD15 1UL
T: 01289 386755
F: 01289 386750
E: harry@cheviot-trees.co.uk
c 40ha willow available for planting, biomass, weaving, architecture, spiling, etc.  15 varieties incl native spp, ornamentals, hybrid Biomass spp.  Can supply as plants, cuttings and rods ( sorted or 'as cut', ie in varying long lengths).

Harry Frew
ETS Ltd, Newton Brae, Foulden, Berwick upon Tweed, TD15 1UL
T: 01289 386664 
F: 01289 386750
E: harry@etsluk.com
Manufactures and supplies  Green Barriers TM, for ready  made  instant screening, boundary shelter  and  acoustic barriers.

Ben Geyer
Sauchie Solutions
2 Overton Farm Cottages, Blairhall, Fife, KY12 9HA
T: 01383 85 15 85
M: 07960 33 33 19
E: benandjustine@tiscali.co.uk
W: http://sauchiesolutions.moonfruit.com/
A selection of cuttings available from around 30 different varieties of willow.  Also a small area of osier available for craft work.

Paul Gill
Environmentally Sustainable Systems, 70 Cumberland Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6RE
T: 0131 556 9119
F: 0131 556 9118
Mainly cuttings of 50 varieties

Carol & David Graham
Barfad Willow, Barfad Farmhouse, Ardfern, by Lochgilphead, Argyll, PA31 8QN
T: 01852 500 339 (Day) or 01852 500 347.
E: carolatbarfad@live.com
Cuttings rods stakes live or dried for basketry furniture making hedging bio-engineering.  Wide variety of species. Visitors welcome but phone in advance. Ardfern is 14 miles north of Lochgilphead.

David Habeshaw
Damside, Romanno Bridge, West Linton, Borders
T: 01968 660887
E: davidhabeshaw@hotmail.com
Small area of mainly S. viminalis. Cut it yourself.

Trevor Leat
37 Main Street, Auchencairn, Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway, DG7 1QU
T: 01556 640 161
Woodland craft & Willow cutting supplier. Basketmaker/hurdlemaker/willow coffins/willow chairs/large scale structures

Kate Sankey
West Moss-side, Thornhill, Stirling, FK8 3QJ
T: 01786 850428
M: 07870 156502
E: kate@westmossside.com
Viminalis for garden structures and living sculpture tunnel dome etc kits. Flanders Red all sizes cuttings and workshops courses at the West Moss-side Centre

Andrew Saunders
Jericho, Culsalmond, Insch, Aberdeenshire, AB52 6XB
T: 01464 841 358 after 6.30pm
Large rods for living structures coloured basketry varieties

Dallas Seawright
Lochore Meadows Country Park, Crosshill, Lochgelly, Fife, KY5 8BA
T: 01592 414 300
E: Dallas.Seawright@fife.gov.uk
Countryside Ranger who manages willow growing throughout the Country Park. Direct sales range of varieties for cuttings including viminalis for living structures.  Small-scale production (primary aim is for habitat management).

J & M Simpson
Candie Farm, Avonbridge, Falkirk, FK1 2LE
T: 01324 861 221
Half acre of osier

Dawn Susan
Hebridean Baskets, 6 Crothair, Isle of Great Bernera, Outer Hebrides, HS2 9LZ
T: 01851612409
E: baskets@thewesternisles.co.uk
W: www.hebrideanbaskets.co.uk
Willow cuttings available december to march. I have over 55 varieties of willow growing on the croft here. Choose from windbreak varieties, ornamental or basketmaking willows.

nr Lesmahagow
M: 07728388029
(30m S of Glasgow, Nr Happenden Services on M74)
Some basketry willow - Bleu, Carl Jensen, Whissander; also viminalis. More in future.

Eddie Wells
Greenwells Willows, 6 Larchfield, Balerno, Midlothian, EH14 7NN
M:07807 587131
E: eddie-wells@blueyonder.co.uk
Living Willow Structure Material - Salix viminalis. Available November to March as 10" (25cm) Cuttings and Rods of various lengths. Many uses including: Living Structures (tunnels, domes, wigwams etc), hedges, windbreaks, furniture making, artist charcoal, soil & bank stabilisation, biomass fuel.

Keith Wintrup
Old Buckholm Cottage, Galashiels, Scottish Borders, TD1 2ND
T: 01896 754 330
Growing 1 acre at Wooplaw Community Wood in the Borders. Wooplaw Wood has a collection of 24 different varieties of basket-making willow used for hurdles sold to Scottish basketmakers for courses and used at various Wooplaw willow events. All welcome to come and see the different varieties at all their different stages of growth.

Janet Wood
Hebridean Willows, 11a Orinsay, South Lochs, Isle of Lewis, HS2 9RG
T: 01851 880 287
Cuttings for living structures and basketry. Tough varieties able to grow in the wildest conditions and tested on a site open to Hebridean gales.

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