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Broads Authority volunteers trained in the art of willow weaving

PUBLISHED: 13:36 12 February 2018 | UPDATED: 15:45 12 February 2018

Broads Authority volunteers Hatty Aldridge, Martin Chapman and Jill Donley helping to cut willow at Repps Meadow Osier Bed. PICTURE: JAMES BASS PHOTOGRAPHY

Broads Authority volunteers Hatty Aldridge, Martin Chapman and Jill Donley helping to cut willow at Repps Meadow Osier Bed. PICTURE: JAMES BASS PHOTOGRAPHY

(C) JAMES BASS PHOTOGRAPHY

Broads Authority volunteers based at Whitlingham Park are learning the art of willow weaving.

The volunteers, who support the work of the Whitlingham Charitable Trust, were last year asked to share their own visions for maintaining the park and ideas for engaging with the estimated 500,000 visitors.

They opted to learn the art of willow weaving, which will be used to serve multiple functions within the park.

This will include selling the volunteer’s work in the gift shop, to making hurdles for the park to teaching the public to create simple pieces of art when they visit the popular site.

Beth Williams, volunteer coordinator for the Broads Authority, said it would be an asset to Whitlingham: “We hope that this wonderful willow initiative will have a really positive impact on our volunteers, giving them greater levels of confidence when engaging with the public and empowering them with a new and useful skill.”

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