European Willow Garden Basket Trug
Dimensions: Length 66 cm x Width 41 cm x Height 20 cm, 36 cm incl handle
Description: I’m not a gardener myself, but I can see that this European Willow Wicker Garden Basket Trug would be so useful if I were. This is a lovely, large basket, made from full buff willow wicker, ideal for carrying everything to the allotment and bringing vegetables and flowers back. The tapered sides and high carrying handle give easy access to the contents. Just because I’ve called it a garden basket, doesn’t mean that is it’s only use, it would look lovely filled with pine cones to sit beside the fire, just think of the beautiful smell when you put the cones on the open fire!
We stock a range of these European made baskets, the old favourite Cookery basket, a much larger rectangle basket and a pretty oval basket with handle. The cookery and oval baskets are also available with a removable natural lining, so if you’re using them for crafting or gardening, your materials won’t snag on the willow.
Willow baskets are very versatile. These are much hardier than many other natural materials, and can be used outside as they will survive in all weathers. Usually a stronger weave, they are very sturdy and solid. Grown in fields and by river banks as willow, the branches are stripped of their outer layer and usually treated before weaving. The end product is well suited to carrying weight although the baskets themselves are lightweight.
Buff Willow is cropped mainly in November, but sometimes not until December. It is the most popular and is obtained by boiling the willows to release the natural colourant tannin from the bark into the wood. The bark is then stripped from the willow revealing the characteristic golden colour. Double Steamed willow is boiled twice for a deeper, richer colour.
Our baskets are handcrafted from natural products, please allow 5% tolerance on all measurements