Plant supports and pergolas
We make various different types of plant supports and pergolas, sweet pea frames and also can provide bean poles and pea sticks.
All the materials for our plant supports and pergolas are harvested either organically here at Bore Place or brought in from elsewhere in England – none of it is imported. Our willow and hazel are coppiced as part of an ancient coppice restoration. Where we do not have enough of our own willow, we bring it up from the withy beds in Somerset and Devon. Our sweet chestnut comes from a sustainably managed woodland in Kent.
We are also members of the Sussex and Surrey Coppice Group and the Basketmaker Association.
As all our products are made to order, we carry very little in stock. However, it’s always worth contacting us just in case. We tend to harvest our materials after leaf fall (November time), and then make our products until the material has run out. We don’t cut in the summer for several reasons. Firstly (and most importantly), cutting rods in summer is much more intrusive to wildlife as nesting and plant growth is in full swing. In winter, wildlife and wild plants are dormant. The coppice itself also grows better and more productively if cut in the winter. We actively manage woodland, and restore ancient coppice, to improve the quality and viability of the wood. Improving the quantity and quality of the coppice also improves the quality and diversity of wildlife that can inhabit it. Finally, the coppice wood is full of sap in summer – so is very wet and heavy to work with, and due to the higher sugar content, may well be quicker to rot.
This does mean that there may be a fairly extensive stretch of time during the summer when it will not be possible to undertake commissions. However, it’s always worth contacting me with a view to booking your job in for the winter.
Delivery and Collection
As some of our products are quite large and bulky, please make sure that you can fit them in your car! We can deliver locally, but do need to charge a fee. Any courier service used must be arranged by the customer, and is done so entirely at their own risk.