Musgrove Willows was founded by Arthur 'Sam' Musgrove who started by cutting tree sticks for furniture back in the 1920's.
Three Generations of the Musgrove family, Withy Growers, Westonzoyland, Somerset 1996 - Copyright Chris ChapmanAround this time willow growing was very popular for farmers on the Somerset levels, many farmers grew their willow then bought and sold it at local auctions. Arthur passed on his skills, knowledge and experience to his son Leslie, 'Les', and in turn passed on the family tradition to his son Michael, probably Somersets youngest grower, who now runs the business with his wife Ellen. Their son Jack is now working with his Dad and is Somerset's youngest 'apprentice' Willow grower.
Being a third generation willow grower, Michael calls upon over 70 years of specialised knowledge and experience, handed down to him by his father and grandfather. He now presides over nearly 70 acres of perfect willow growing land on the Somerset Levels, and having over 50 different varieties of willow. 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
We distribute country wide and indeed worldwide even as far as New Zealand. We have regular orders going to Ireland’s keen basketmakers.
As committed producers, we are members of the Basket Makers Association and Basketmakers Southwest. To learn more about our wonderful willow have a look around this site, or why not join us for one of our one or two day courses? We have a number of friendly, knowledgeable tutors on hand to help you to learn more about using willow to create beautiful items, from hurdles to living sculptures, for yourself. Visit our courses page for more details or contact us, and we will happily give you any information that you require