Please visit our other sites.

Dwarf Box for edging and

Knot Garden designs.                                           

Cyclamen for the conservatory, greenhouse and garden.


Salix (willow) is an extremely diverse genus, most of which are quite happy in any sort of loamy soil, including wetland. Their uses, too, are many, including, windbreaks, hedging, specimen plants, winter colour, fuel logs and weaving material for baskets and living sculptures, whilst, on a wider scale they are also used  for soil stabilisation, land reclamation, effluent filtration beds and making furniture with a 'rustic feel'. As a barrier/screen they also help to limit the noise of roads and provide their own pleasant rustling 'white' noise.

Growing willow is also beneficial to the environment attracting insects and numerous types of  birds. Here at Willows Nursery, since we started growing willow, we now frequently see Blue Tits, Great Tits, Long-Tailed Tits, Robins, Dunnocks, Goldfinches, Greenfinches, Wrens, Pied, Yellow and Grey Wagtails, Meadow Pipits, Linnets and more, including, more recently, a visiting Little Owl and a pair of Green Woodpeckers - none of which were around when we first came here! 

It must be said that a variety of insects and aphids are attracted by the willow, but these are, at least in part, what has encouraged the birds - who very definitely maintain the balance, so we do not need to intervene. Willow catkins also provide nectar and pollen for beneficial insects, such as bees, early in the year when other sources are limited, attracting them to pollinate our garden vegetables and fruits.

We also get pleasure observing the local hare population amongst our willow beds, "pruning" our saplings as they grow in spring! We have enough that no significant damage is done, but smaller plantations may need protection for a year or two.  Our Geese have had to be "netted out" for about four years.  Goats will totally inhibit growth!

Willows   Walgrave Northampton NN6 9QA

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How to grow Willow from Cuttings

Living Willow Structures

Kits for Living Willow Structures

Teachers & Parents ordering for SCHOOLS

Description of Willow Varieties

Prices of Cuttings and Long Whips

How to Order

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How to make a Wigwam

How to make a Playhouse/Bower

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Willows is a small nursery owned and run by us -

Les & Anne Cordes -  with  assistance ( a little

only at present) from our daughter Rachel.

The name for the nursery came from a weeping

willow originally here on the bare field site when we

arrived plus the willow we planted for much needed windbreaks for our original (and still important)

venture -  Hardy Cyclamen.

BUT then we realised just how varied

interesting and useful willow is .  .  .  .  !

We have our own stock plants for propagation, and

our own willow beds provide cuttings of our best

varieties of 'functional', weaving and ornamental

willows - for you to grow windbreaks, attractive

garden plants or to provide your own weaving

material - and long willow whips, for you to create

your own living willow structures and sculptures. 

Please look through the different 

sections of our website, which we hope you will find interesting and helpful, to see the considerable versatility of

willow in some of its many forms.

Our plan is to expand

the content as time permits,

so please visit regularly.

January 2006

Gardener's World Magazine

This issue features an arched border

edging project using willow supplied by us.

Click Here to see our own living willow arched edging if this project is of

particular interest to you.


Offering willow grown in Northamptonshire.
From Willows Nursery, Walgrave, Northampton, NN6  9QA.

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