Weaving apprenticeships

18 November 2021

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Due to exceptionally high demand for our willow hurdle fencing and willow coffins, we are always keen to recruit weavers to our team. That being said, those with the right weaving experience are few and far between.

Nearly two years ago, we launched our own in-house weaving apprenticeships. These have been a resounding success. It has been fantastic to watch apprentices develop the skills to make high quality willow products. Successful new careers have been launched here!

Hurdle (fence panel) & coffin weaving apprenticeships

We are currently seeking to take on two more weaving apprentices; one to work in our coffin workshop and one to weave in our hurdle workshop. These apprenticeships provide a fantastic opportunity to learn a unique trade. A full time position will be made available to a candidate who successfully completes the apprenticeship.

Willow coffin
One of our coffin workshops

Each successful candidate is mentored by a member of our talented weaving team. Comprehensive training is given. This includes unique insights into how willow is grown, sorted and processed on our willow farm. There is instruction on the correct willow to use for each piece and the various weaves and techniques required. Either of these apprenticeships could lead to other basketry work.

The Musgrove family has been involved with willow for nearly 100 years and now grow 60 plus varieties of willow on around 200 acres of Somerset farmland. Our weavers are among the best in the business.

Hurdle weaver

Apprenticeship term of 6 – 12 months (depending on the candidate)

Musgrove Willows makes frames and ribbon fencing and garden edging. Demand for these products is at a record high.

Work takes place in a large workshop. The successful candidate will be working with an established team of hurdle weavers. Our weavers work more than 2 metres apart from one another.

Willow fencing
Weaving a willow fence panel

Coffin weaver

Apprenticeship term of 2 years

Musgrove Willows has been weaving coffins on a commercial basis for over a decade. We offer a comprehensive range of willow coffins and our weavers are able to customise any of our designs. Coffin sales are also at an all-time high.

Work takes place in 3 large workshops (separate to the hurdle weaving team). The successful candidate will be working alongside a team of highly experienced coffin weavers. The weavers work more than 2 metres apart from one another.


These apprenticeships provide the opportunity to learn an incredible array of skills. Candidates must have an appetite to learn, be physically fit and a real interest in weaving with willow. This could be the start of a long and fulfilling career.

Working from 7.45am – 6pm (with regular breaks)

Monday – Friday (Weekend work possible)

No experience necessary. Tools and equipment will be provided. Applicants must be prepared to undertake manual work and have a ‘can do’ attitude.

All our employees are adhering to government advice regarding COVID-19.

Rural location – own transportation required.

Successful candidates will be paid the minimum wage during the term of their apprenticeship. If you would like to be considered for a weaving apprenticeship, please get in touch. No agencies please.

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