Helen with basket

Helen Elvin is a coppice worker and greenwood crafts person.

She is based in Cumbria where she is currently working on restoring neglected coppice woods in the western valleys of Eskdale and Wasdale. This will return them to rotation and so improve the habitat for wildlife and restore the healthy growth of hazel and other native small trees. The cut wood is used for making traditional hurdle fencing and rustic garden furniture as well as firewood and charcoal.

She creates willow sculptures inspired by nature, mainly of animals and also baskets of both traditional and comtemporary designs. She is happy to take commissions for bespoke items – these have included dolphin sculptures, garden gates, dog baskets,large log seats and carved signs.

She was commissioned to carve large wooden benches made from big logs by Cockermouth town and Solfest.

Her background is in education having been a primary school teacher and then education officer for the Groundwork Trust . She is a qualified and experienced Forest Schools Practitioner and delivers activity days and workshops for children and adults.

Please go to the events page to see workshops running this year and also dates for demonstrations of her crafts around the county.

The Schools work page gives examples of projects run in schools from living willow workshops to sculpture and art works and forest school activities.

Please go to the gallery to see more examples of her work and commissions.

Please see the products page to view the items she makes for sale – baskets and more.

Coppice woodland