I’ve been down in Somerset for a few days, having brought the younger chickabiddies back so that Poppet could get her GCSE results – not as good as she was hoping for, poor lass.
The Somerset Levels and Moors, as some readers may be aware, is the home of the English willow industry, although not to the extent that it would have been a hundred years ago. Nvertheless, you can still see fields of withies being grown and ranks of stripped withies being dried in some places. I have a toggie to illustrate, but am unable to upload pictures at the moment due to being away from my own computer.
There’s been a lot of interest in recent years in green burials and Somerset has been one of the areas where that interest has been strongest. Willow coffins have been occasionally used because they are the ultimate biodegradable burial container – no need for any other materials to be used for handles or hinges with withy. And, they look so good as well. Driving through Bridgwater today I saw a van advertising these coffins and felt it would be good to share the information with a wide-ish readership. Here’s the link. Personally, I think they look charming and far less terrible and ghastly than the modern chipboard-and-veneer options that are pressed upon vulnerable people at vast prices. May this company prosper in their venture!