About Willows

We supply the following sizes and colours of willows,subject to availability and seasonal variation, in bundles measuring 18 inches (46 cm) circumference at the thickest end.  Carriage on U.K. mainland (except certain Scottish regions and Northern Ireland) is £6.95 per order. ALL PRICES INCLUDE VAT

SORRY, WE ARE UNABLE TO SEND WILLOWS LONGER THAN 5FT (150 CM) TO THE ISLES OF SCILLY, CHANNEL ISLANDS, SHETLAND AND SCOTTISH ISLANDS. 
ALSO MANY SCOTTISH HIGHLAND LOCATIONS WITH POSTCODES STARTING WITH: AB, DG, FK, IV, KW, PA, PH AND TD PLUS OTHER REMOTE REGIONS MAY ALSO BE EXEMPT. 
DELIVERIES TO SOME BT AND IM POSTCODES AND THE ISLE OF WIGHT MAY BE AVAILABLE AT AN ADDITIONAL COST.  PLEASE ENQUIRE.

You can order on the website with an accepted credit or debit card and also Paypal, or by phone or cheque.  At our discretion we accept orders placed from schools, local authorities and other non commercial educational institutions provided they are sent by email (sales@thewickerbasket.co.uk) or post on an official orderform which clearly shows an order number and address to which the invoice should be sent.  Terms of payment are 30 days net. Please make sure your details are printed clearly including your postcode to speed your order, a contact number should also be included.

Willows or withies are supplied dry in bundles measuring 18 inches (45cm) circumference at the thickest end.  The shorter grades are thinner, approx. 4mm at the thickest end for 4ft Buff, so there is a greater  quantity of rods per bundle than the longer grades, approx. 10mm at the thickest end for 8ft Buff.  All the rods taper down towards the tip end.

Green and Brown withies have the bark on, and so have a greater resistance to moisture. This makes them more suited to outdoor applications than peeled buff withies, though the soaking time is much longer.

We have a pre-soak service for Green and Brown withies.

Please note we describe our willow as Green and Brown because that is the colour of the bark,and not because it is fresh cut or steamed. Both will need soaking as shown in the table below.

Willow “sticks” are a different variety and thicker than “withies”, these are for straight work and will not bend easily.  Handle bows are selected from the thickest part of stout withies and are used to form the arc frame for shopping basket handles. Bark-on sticks do not respond to soaking and so are only used straight.

PREPERATION

For maximum flexibility, the withies should be submersed in cold water for the duration of the soaking time shown below.  They should then be wrapped in damp sacking, towels or the like, for at least one hour, or preferably overnight.  Green and Brown willow will be more pleasant to use if they are stood up, and allowed to drip dry for about an hour prior to wrapping up.

Left over material should be spread out and thoroughly dried, before storing in a dry place.  It may then be prepared again as described at a future date.

CODE DESCRIPTION *THICKNESS LENGTH QTY SOAK  PRICE AVAILABILTY
W2001 4ft BUFF 4mm 120cm 400 45 mins £25.95  
W2001 5ft BUFF 5mm 150cm 270 1 hour £25.95 N/A
W2002 6ft BUFF 6mm 178cm 190 2 hours £31.95  
W2002 7ft BUFF 8mm 200cm 150 3 hours £31.95  
W2002 8ft BUFF 10mm 236cm 110 4 hours £31.95  
               
W2003 4ft GREEN 5mm 120cm 360 4 days £22.95  
W2003 5ft GREEN 6mm 150cm 230 5 days £22.95  
W2004 6ft GREEN 7mm 178cm 170 6 days £29.95  
W2004 7ft GREEN 9mm 200cm 130 7 days £29.95 N/A
W2004 8ft GREEN 11mm 236cm 100 8 days £29.95  
               
W2005 4ft BROWN 5mm 120cm 360 4 days £23.95  
W2005 5ft BROWN 6mm 150cm 230 5 days £23.95 N/A
               
               
               
W2006 Thick Sticks 24mm -38mm 220cm 10   £19.95 N/A
W2007 Medium Sticks 15mm - 23mm 200cm 10   £15.95 N/A
W2008 Thin Sticks 10mm - 14mm 160cm 20   £17.95 N/A


This website will apply a discount when ordering more than 1 bundle of the same size and colour.  If you require an order of mixed sizes or colours, please email your requirements and delivery postcode and we will send a quote. 

Subject to availability and seasonal variation.

* Thickness is approximate at the thickest end.  Lengths and quantites in a bundle are also approximate.