Weaving a tradition...

Rural Arts tutor Julia Smith, running a willow weaving class at Eastfield Library. Behind, Carol and Philip Houghton and Jamie Whitefield from Groundwork Yorkshire, working on their willow sculptures.  114303b  24/10/11
Rural Arts tutor Julia Smith, running a willow weaving class at Eastfield Library. Behind, Carol and Philip Houghton and Jamie Whitefield from Groundwork Yorkshire, working on their willow sculptures. 114303b 24/10/11

LIBRARY users swapped book-reading for willow-weaving in Eastfield on Monday.

Julia Smith, from Rural Arts in Thirsk, gave demonstrations and guided beginners in this traditional craft.

Rural Arts tutor Julia Smith, right, shows Cheryl Snowden the country craft of willow weaving at a class at Eastfield Library. 114303d  24/10/11

Rural Arts tutor Julia Smith, right, shows Cheryl Snowden the country craft of willow weaving at a class at Eastfield Library. 114303d 24/10/11

The workshop was organised by rangers from Eastfield’s Dell-ve Into Nature project.

“It’s good to see people getting so much from the day,” said Dell ranger David Spencer.

“We’re continuing to run our walks, talks and activities into the spring and Eastfield Library is the ideal venue for indoor sessions”.

The Dell-ve Into Nature project is supported by Natural England through Access to Nature as part of the Big Lottery Fund’s changing-spaces programme and runs until April.

It provides finance and support for amenity, education and biodiversity improvements on the Dell.