Rush & Wild Rose Baskets

rush & rose frame basket

Aug 30 (Friday)

10.30am – 5pm

£140 (for weekend offer see below)

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 sustainably 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.

rush and rose basket

Weekend Offer: book Rush & Wild Rose Baskets (30 Aug) & Rush Foraging Baskets (31 Aug) together for £255

Suitable for beginners who are used to making things with their hands, as well as those with some experience. Groups are kept small to allow for individual attention.

A simple but hearty 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.

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

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. Read more about onsite and offsite accommodation options.

Follow-on courses: Rush Foraging Baskets; Rush Bags; Reed Mace Baskets

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See you in the woods!