Water Willows are registered With the Soil Association and all our willow and willow products are supplied as ‘UK 5 Organic’.
Claire & Julian Askham-Conroy have spent many years in the Agricultural / Horticultural industry growing a wide range of crops as well as working in the plant retail sector. In 1999 we planted willow at our new nursery close to Milton Keynes with a view to producing enough willow to weave baskets & living structures from our home in the old village of Milton Keynes.
Year by year we have added new willows and now grow over 130 varieties including willows for ornamental & Short Rotation Coppice. Over the last ten years we have sold more and more willow & willow products year by year as well as building a range of bespoke living willow structures all over the UK in Hospitals,Theme parks, Schools and in Kew Gardens
Weaving Workshops held most months here in the old village of Milton Keynes ( 1.2 miles from the M1junction 14 ) with up to 6 places one day per class £ 55.00 including materials and refreshments.
In early spring 2008 we were instructed by del Buono Gazerwitz ltd to supply woven willow hurdles and by Spencer Fung Architects to weave panels for the ceiling of the garden room for the Daylesford Organic Garden, ‘Summer Solstice’ at Chelsea 2008. The garden received much attention from the media, including Alan Titchmarsh, and was awarded a ‘Silver Gilt’ ( Flora)
Since then we have started to produce a standard range of Raised Vegetable Beds identical to the Chelsea willow as well as a range of Compost bins, obelisks etc as well as tailor made (bespoke) raised beds From £ 69.00 delivered.
We also produce a range of woven planters which are self contained for the patio & terrace from £29.00 delivered.
Julian & Claire who have spent many years involved in agriculture and horticulture in the area. Water
Willows is located within and integrated with an 600 acre farming estate which is farmed (and registered) as organic. Therefore, we also use no chemical sprays and all pest control is achieved by sacrificial planting and creating an environment where beneficial insects can thrive.
Weed control is achieved by mowing between the rows of willows. Some of the willows are undersown with grass, or by agricultural plastic sheeting, through which the willow is planted. This has the added benefit of warming
up the soil faster in spring thus stimulating growth. We are locking up some of the world’s excess Carbon Dioxide with willow, offering a diverse, natural and sustainable habitat for wildlife whilst producing beautiful willows.
Water Willows is the Only certified Organic Grower in the UK
All willow cuttings and rods are cut fresh to order and dispatched within 48 hours.
Tel: 0845 020 4225 Fax: 0845 686 2600