Why grow willow?
Willow is a fantastic, versatile plant which has been grown since neolithic times.
This has to be one of the oldest and best known uses of willow, and there are many uses for baskets even today. Willow lends itself to weaving because of the flexible nature of the long straight rods or withies that regrow every year from coppiced plants. Many different thicknesses and colours are available to make baskets more ornamental.
Whether you are growing a large area or producing a few logs for yourself, willow is an excellent biomass plant. Growth is fast and once established, a high yielding variety such as Salix smithiana can produce up to 11 tonnes of wood per hectare per year.