No weep­ing over these wil­lows

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - NEWS -

Crafters wove their own bas­kets out of wicker at a work­shop hosted by Kent Wildlife Trust.

The event, held at Ty­land Barn in Chatham Road, San­dling, was one in a se­ries of ses­sions, teach­ing peo­ple how to make sus­tain­able dec­o­ra­tions.

Jackie Brooks, of North­down Close, Maid­stone, a florist with more than 20 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence, taught the class how to de­sign and take home their own ac­ces­sories last Satur­day.

Over two and a half hours, the team each weaved a bas­ket which could be used as an ornament or even a fruit bowl.

Events of­fi­cer Craig Mid­win­ter said: “The aim is to give peo­ple the skills to make dec­o­ra­tions them­selves and that means less plas­tic goes into land­fill.”

The next sem­i­nars at Ty­land Barn are on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 8 and fo­cus on biodegrad­able Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions, in­clud­ing wooden baubles, twig stars and sparkling pine cone baubles. The two-hour ses­sions start at 10am and 1pm. To book a place, cost­ing £10 for adults, £8 for chil­dren, visit­low.

Pic­ture: Sean Ai­dan 5328025

Florist Jackie Brooks, pic­tured with mem­bers of the course dis­play­ing their work

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