Rush & Wild Rose Baskets

August 5 (Friday)



Venue: open air woodland setting in a 70 acre ancient coppiced wood on a family-run working  farm: peaceful and beautiful Dernwood Farm Nr Heathfield, East Sussex.

Spend a day in the woods, round a camp fire, making a frame basket using wild rose and true English rush (Schoenoplectus lacustris). These beautiful, tactile platters are perfect for bread or fruit. We’ll harvest some wild rose on the day for making frames.

English rush is a lovely material to work with, and it mellows from green to a beautiful golden colour. It’s a native plant with a long history of use in basket making, and makes a special partnership with the wild rose.

Such a wonderful experience and atmosphere that you created in your clearing in the woods.  I so enjoyed it. A lot to remember and treasure each time we use our baskets.  Tamsin & Mike, London

Suitable for beginners as well as those with some experience. Groups are kept small to allow for individual attention.

Make a weekend of it by also coming to Reed Mace Baskets the following day.

A light vegetarian lunch is provided, we’ll have have a kettle on the camp fire, plus a huge tarp on hand for cover in case we need it. I aim to offer you a satisfying learning experience as well as an enjoyable time away from it all. To support you in getting the most from the day, we’ll connect to the woodland surroundings through a short and simple, guided mindfulness-based practice.

It occurred to me…that when sitting in a wood, in a sense you are being held in a huge, loose-woven, living basket of trees and plants, so there is a lovely symmetry in making a basket inside a natural basket. Catherine W, West Sussex

rush and rose basket
rush and wild rose baskets

Accommodation: camping is available at the farm venue and full details about this will be sent to you when you book on the course. The farm also has glamping options, including cosy bell tents and cabins with wood-burners. The cost of staying at the farm is not included in the course.

Follow-on courses: Rush Foraging Baskets and Reed Mace (bulrush) Bags

You can read FAQs here.

See you in the woods!