Robert Drake
White Croft Cottage




01387 780652

Summer 2019

With the new growing season underway, we look forward to the next harvest. Just a few bundles left in stock - here's what is still available:

Flanders Red 1 bundle @ 2ft £28.00
  730 rods @ 2ft £25.50
  1 bundle @ 3ft £30.00
  1 bundle @ 6ft (1/2 x 2) £28.00
Red Lonning 1/2 bundle @ 7ft £14.00
Goldstones 440 rods @ 3ft £22.00
  1/2 bundle @ 6ft £14 .00
  130 rods @ 7ft £18.20
Whissender 450 rods @ 2ft £15.70
  1 bundle @ 3ft £30.00
  1/2 bundle @ 7ft £14.00
Zwarte Driebast 90 rods @ 7ft £12.60


A note about delivery: Blencogo Willow does not charge for packaging orders, but delivery charges are set by the courier on an individual basis. There are now just two national carriers who will take packages longer than 1.5 metres (that's 4ft bundles and above) from small businesses like ours. The cost of delivery has increased sharply over the last couple of years, and it is now usual for it to add around 50% to the cost of a typical order of two or three full bundles. A surcharge is made for delivery to a residential address, so if it is possible to arrange delivery to a registered business address (eg a workplace, shop, farm etc), then this saves on cost. Naturally this situation is far from desirable, but Blencogo Willow has unfortunately no choice other than to pass on these costs to customers. Of course if you are within travelling distance of us, or might consider visiting this beautiful area, then come and collect your willow - we'd be delighted to meet you, just phone or email beforehand!


Any queries, please get in touch.


Nothing to do with willow, but anyone keen on literature about the countryside and traditional rural crafts may be interested in the following publications:

A Solitary Trade

The Art and Craft of Dry Stone Walling

by Robert Drake

As a craftsman, Robert Drake knows his trade inside out. He has a deep respect for his material and the long traditions of his craft. He is aware of the world about him, of a stillness and a solitude and a timelessness which few of us these days are able to experience. This is a beautiful and perceptive book. (Steve Matthews, Bookcase)

This would be the ideal book for attendees at dry stone walling courses, to reinforce what they have learned. They will find it invaluable. (Nick Aitken, Dry Stone Walling Association)

Paperback 98pp ISBN 9781904147381

Available from the author, £9.00 inc p&p - please make cheque or postal order payable to 'Robert Drake'.


Becks and Gills of the Northern Fells

by Robert Drake

The becks and gills of the English Lake District's Northern Fells are unknown territory. To follow them upstream is to voyage through a tapestry of interest and beauty and delight. The most obvious feature is the watercourse itself, and that simple element proves what a variety of effects it can achieve as water plays with the underlying geology and the surrounding vegetation.

Waterfalls and cascades pour themselves into pools of infinite variation. Like fingerprints, no two could be identical. They may be dark and mysterious with peaty water, or gleaming with a slew of golden gravel under the pellucid flow.

Paperback 122pp ISBN 978-1-90414-759-6

£11 inc p&p, from the author. Cheque/PO payable to 'Robert Drake'


A Line on Stone - a well-received collection of poems on varied subjects, but where stone in its many forms predominates. Paperback 66pp ISBN 0951758101. £4.00 inc p&p.

(If ordering multiple copies of these books, please email to request an advantageous rate for p&p)