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Brampton Willows

Full of woven willow structures, Brampton Willows is a country garden with a difference


Norfolk, UK

GAP Photos/ Annie Green-Armytage

Feature No:   73 

Qty of Images:    46 

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It's not often you see a chartered surveyor with his sleeves rolled up, pounding a stake into the ground with a post-hammer. Robert Yates is one of a rare breed of men who has not only turned his back on city living, but has also gone back to his roots to embrace a traditional rural craft as a way of life.

Robert is now a willow-weaver, based at Brampton Willows on the Norfolk-Suffolk border, creating high-quality, bespoke fencing and a range of other structures, supplying them both here and abroad.

Evidence of his skill is abundant in his garden which, together with wife Susie, an artist, sculptor and teacher, he has established on low-lying marshland next to the east coast. Accessible only by a bumpy private road, their new house faces across a serene curving pool onto willow beds where Robert grows the raw materials for his trade.



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