Well its been a busy year since my last post. The stall at West Bridgford went very well and I'll be looking at doing another one at some point.

However the birth of my second daughter and marriage has taken up most of my time recently but all e-mail and phone orders are being made and sent out.
 
 
My stall and I will be at the West Bridgford Plant Fair, Central Ave, West Bridgford, Nottingham between 9am and 4pm on Saturday 17th July.
 
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Off we go to a very sunny Arnold Carnival on Sunday 20th June. Rest assaured the stall is secured to the roof rack...

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And here we have the stall all set up and ready to start sales. I am really pleased with the stall as I built it myself from the willow I grow.

 
 
I've booked a stall at Arnold Carnival, Arnot Hill Park, Arnold, Nottingahm for Sunday 20th June 2010. The stall will be sited at the main entrance outside of the craft marquee - and pretty impressive it will be too being constructed from my own willow.

Come and visit, chat with me and even buy some of the items I make. If you'd like a special order contact me in advance and then I can bring it to the carnival - you'll save on postage!
 
 
I've been busy cutting the last of the willow and have plenty to make some great new items including trellis, plant wigwams, bean poles, pea sticks and to develop the living willow sculptures in time for Novemeber 2010 willow growing season.

The slate products are looking good too. I've re-invested in some new machinery so the quality and turnaround time for slate goods has improved.

I'm really pleased with my new lines: Natural sacks that are personalised to your specific requirements, pre-printed or simply plain. They are made from 100% natural jute (aka hessian) and are fully bio-degradable.

They are available from www.naturalsacks.co.uk (my new website) or you can of course use the Contact Us form and details via Willow & Slate.

And before I go, once again, a big thank you to Kay and Rhian for their support, understanding and encouragement.

 



 
 
 
 

 

March proved to be very busy with a large order to plant over 1,00 willow cuttings and long whips. Pictured - 100 yards completed, 70 more yards to go!

The living willow season is now over and pre-orders are being taken for the winter 09 - spring 10 season.

So its now onto full production for slate products - plant labels are ideal to buy at this time of year.

 
 

Willow & Slate is now legally trading with 10” (25cm) willow cuttings, longer cuttings (known as “whips” at 6ft/1.8m and taller) and willow catkins selling particularly well. Stocks of living willow are currently good but I anticipate these will sell out by the end of the season which is late March.

I’m currently developing a further range of slate products to be available at the start of the general gardening season which is traditionally around Easter… check the website and the blog for the latest news. 

Finally, a big thank you has to go to Kay for all the support she is currently giving to Willow & Slate, our 4 month old daughter and especially to me. 



 
 

Welcome to Willow & Slate. I'm Myles and presently I'm making everthing all nice and legal to trade in the UK. This will take a little time but meanwhile explore the website and let me know what you think. This will also give me some time to make lots of slate labels in a multitude of styles and get the willow cut. The timing of coppicing for the catkin sales is going to be crucial...

If you want to buy anything straight away contact me and I'll sort something out via my eBay account.

So enjoy, browse and see what you think.... Myles