For centuries the Cotswolds and Vale of Evesham has been famous for its agriculture and horticulture. Years ago before the onset of plastic packaging and bulk handling, every process in these industries used a different type of wicker basket. The neighbouring town of Pershore gets its name from Persh Ora meaning osier bank; in olde English. The area was home to many basket makers.
Today there is just one major wicker basketware supplier in the Vale.
Jack Straws Countrystore, formed in 1976, is a leading supplier of traditional basketware as well as traditional designs Jack Straws experience and expertise in basketry has seen the introduction of many innovative new designs. All products are made to be practical and useful in today’s world whilst retaining the charm of a handmade item. Continuity of management and staff since the company formation provides a wealth of knowledge, thus enabling us to provide for the bulk market or the single bespoke piece.
Of course the world has changed and we can no longer boast that all our baskets are made in Britain. However all of our smaller quantities are still UK made, but to remain competitively priced our larger orders are sourced from abroad.
Where we differ from many of our competitors is that we use our knowledge of basket making to ensure British standards are maintained on products sources abroad. To enable us to fit all price and delivery criteria we have contacts with basket suppliers throughout the world.
We also supply gift baskets and hampers for special occasions to individuals or companies. Either empty, for you to fill, or filled to your specification. Please order Christmas Hampers early.
Our customers include: – the Royal Shakespeare Theatre Props. Dept. Dodson and Horrell, Gregory’s the Bakers, caterers, veg. shops etc.