Joanna Ball (‘The Flax Lady’) has organised the sowing, growing and now the harvesting of flax in lots of places in West Coker and elsewhere. HERE is her project blog.
The project centres on Dawe’s Twineworks – after all, flax was the basis for the twine, rope and sailcloth industries – and we have three plots next to the main walk. One was sown by children from the local primary school.
Dawe’s flax from two of the plots was harvested by volunteers and visitors on our August open day.
Once dry, it will be ‘retted’ (soaked to soften the fibres).