Weekend at Broome farm, Oct 2016

We had a good turnout of 13 people for our annual working and camping weekend at the Broome Farm cider orchards in Herefordshire. On the Saturday we pollarded the overgrown willow trees alongside the lane below the farm, carefully saving the thin branches to use for creating willow sculptures on the Sunday.

The idea was to create willow fruit shapes in the form of apples and pears, but it didn't go quite to plan! Despite everyone's best efforts, including some assistance from Summer the farm dog, it soon became apparent that crack willow is not the most suitable willow type for forming the smaller circles needed, so in the end we had to settle for a kind of cider glass shape - if you stretch your imagination a bit!

The weather was fine for camping - not too cold, dry but cloudy on the Saturday and gloriously sunny on the Sunday.

Many thanks to Mike and his team for looking after us so well over the weekend - a great time was had by all.

Broome Farm sign Pollarded willow trees
This way to Broome Farm Pollarded willow trees
   
Ross church spire and May Hill Willow weaving

Ross-on-Wye church spire and May Hill

Willow weaving - sorting the pollarded lengths

   
Willow weaving Willow weaving

Willow weaving - creating circular shapes

Willow weaving - placing the circles into position
   
Willow pollarding Willow sculpture
Willow pollarding near the barn A not very successful willow sculpture
Birdbarker cider bottle Birdbarker cider and dog
Birdbarker cider Birdbarker - the cider and the dog