About Rutland Willows

 

Rutland Willows was established in 2000 by John Shone.  He started making simple plant supports and hurdles (willow panels) for fencing as well as some animals as garden ornaments.  He also was asked to run courses on how to make these animals as well as giving talks on the willow industry.

 

In 2006 his daughter Louise joined him and started with the dry stone walling and hedgelaying elements.  In 2011 Louise's husband Martin Keeley joined the team officially as he retired after 27 years in the Royal Air Force.  Since 2004 he had been helping on the courses and shows and events that John attended but then he took on more of the willow work and learnt how to dry stone wall and hedgelay as the oppurtunities arose.

 

In 2013 John "retired" from Rutland Willows and handed over the reins to Louise and Martin.  John still keeps his hand in all elements of Rutland WIllows but more as a "consultant" than a worker.