Want a way to de-stress? Try out basket making

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It’s time to flex your fingers as the timeless craft of basket making is to be revived in Sherwood Pines Forest Park, near Clipstone.

The Forestry Commission is holding a day-long workshop on 5th May showing how to weave a willow basket.

Jon Ridgeon, 23, is a professional basketry and bushcraft instructor and will pass on the secrets of this age-old skill to beginners.

He explained: “Baskets have been made in much the same way for thousands of years and although it can seem a bit fiddly to the untrained eye, it’s a skill anyone can master.

“It is also incredibly calming. Working with a natural material is the perfect antidote to stress.”

The course will take place deep in the woods around a campfire. The workshop runs from 10am to 5pm and costs £45, including all materials. Not suitable for children. Places are limited and booking is essential on 01623 821459.