Musgrove Willows was founded by Arthur 'Sam' Musgrove who started by cutting tree sticks for furniture back in the 1920's.
Around this time, willow growing was very popular with farmers on the Somerset levels. Many farmers grew their willow then sold it at local auctions. Arthur passed on his skills, knowledge and experience to his son Leslie, 'Les', and in turn he passed on the family tradition to his son Michael. These days, Michael runs the business with his wife Ellen. Their son Jack is now working on the farm and is Somerset's youngest willow grower.
Being a third generation willow grower, Michael calls upon over 70 years of specialised knowledge and experience. He now presides over 100 acres of perfect willow growing land on the Somerset Levels. Over 60 different varieties of willow are grown here. The resulting products can be seen in many unusual guises:
- The giant M5 Willow Man
- A 28 foot tall Pembrokeshire Otter
- Taunton's Living Willow Cathedral
- On TV for 'Four in a bed' and 'Escape to the Country'
- Publications such as Somerset Life and Country Living
Today, our willow and willow products are sent to customers all over the world.
Musgrove Willows is a member of the Basket Makers Association and Basketmakers Southwest.