Willow Connections: Exploring Castle Donington

The Trent Valley in the East Midlands was once one of the most important areas for willow growing and basketmaking in the country. The parish of Castle Donington, on the border of Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, was particularly well-known and in the 1890s had as many as 200 basketmakers, labourers and apprentices. In this film, local basketmaker Maggie Cooper takes us on a tour of notable sites around the village connected with its willow growing and basketmaking history, and makes a typical Castle Donington basket.

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