Willow (or Hazel) Obelisk & Mini-Wattle Hurdle Workshop

Learn a heritage skill (or two) in our outdoor workshop nestled within the picturesque location of Sussex Prairie Gardens. We have combined two workshops into one so that you can make and take home both an Obelisk (plant support) and Mini-Wattle Hurdle for your garden!


You will learn a traditional technique of weaving Willow and/or Hazel to make your very own Obelisk to support your climbers such as Sweet Peas or Clematis! Your finished Obelisk can be between 2ft and 7ft in height, we recommend you check how much available space you have in or on your car before deciding! Handled with care your Obelisk should last you for several years.


Perfect the skill of Wattle Hurdle Making using the same techniques applied to when making a full-sized hurdle panel. You will learn how to make a very strong, miniature hurdle, 4ft or 6ft in length and suitable for use for either border or lawn edging.

We have included a lunch break between the two activities to allow you time to visit the teashop and gardens.

Your tutors will be husband and wife team Lorraine and Paul Matthews of Hedges & Hurdles, Country Skills & Crafts.

Please note we also have an option of using both the Garden Room and Poly Tunnel for this course if the weather is against us.


Sunday 22nd September


All-day workshop: 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Morning Obelisk workshop: 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (2.5 hrs)

Morning Hurdle workshop: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (3 hrs)

Afternoon Obelisk workshop: 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (2.5 hrs)

Afternoon Hurdle workshop: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (3 hrs)

Please note that the Obelisks workshop takes up to 2.5 hrs and the Hurdle workshop up to 3 hrs but you may have to allow a little longer for making a Hurdle (depending on the ability of the individuals in your group).

What shall I bring with me?

You will need a pair of secateurs, gloves and something to kneel on as we will be working from the ground up. We do have secauteurs and gloves you can borrow if you do not have these on the day. If you prefer to make an Obelisk on a table top this is possible, please mention this to Lorraine on arrival.

Hedges & Hurdles reserves the right to alter or vary the programme due to events or circumstances beyond its reasonable control without being obliged to refund monies.

If the course is cancelled by the organiser for any reason we will contact you as soon as possible and will always endeavour to reschedule your booking for another date, however, if this is not possible a full refund will be provided.

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