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Standard Delivery is 3-5 days.

The cutoff time for Next Working Day orders is 12pm Monday to Thursday.

Please note, next day delivery is only available to addresses in Mainland England and Wales.  Addresses in Scotland will take an additional 24 hours and next day delivery to Northern Ireland may incur a surcharge

Besom Broom 
Besom Broom  - Traditional besom brooms, locally made Besom Broom  - Traditional besom brooms, locally made Besom Broom  - Traditional besom brooms, locally made

Besom Broom 

Traditional besom brooms, locally made

Availability: In stock

£24.00
Besom Broom 
Besom Broom  - Traditional besom brooms, locally made Besom Broom  - Traditional besom brooms, locally made Besom Broom  - Traditional besom brooms, locally made
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  • In stock

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    Estimated Delivery 2-5 days

  • Made in the UK

    Made in the UK

  • Description

    These traditional witches brooms are mostly used for sweeping garden leaves, but they're also popular for golf course greens, croquet lawns and wedding ceremonies. They are made locally by Mark Cottrell whose family have made besoms for generations. The birch is cut in the winter when the trees are dormant and leafless and the brooms are made throughout the year.  Mark even collects the coppiced birch and hazel by carthorse to avoid damaging the woodland. 

    Besom brooms are better at getting into those awkward corners of the garden than a conventional brush and are more environmentally friendly than a leaf blower!

    The brush head is made from silver birch and the handle from hazel. They are made in the traditional fashion and built to last.  Some customers come to us to replace brooms they bought 20 years ago!

    All besom brooms are delivered by courier, so please leave an instruction at the checkout of where the broom can be left if there is no one at home.

    150cm

    The history of the besom broom can be traced back to pagan times, when a stick tied with brush twigs was the best way to keep the floor of a dwelling clean. Besom brooms had all sort of other meanings, associated with keeping evil spirits at bay, presumably as they could ‘sweep away’ things you didn’t like. More elaborate versions included bushy herbs such as rosemary and sage, but none of these are as hard wearing as birch. Today there are very few besom brooms being made in the UK as the market has been flooded with cheap imports or replaced by leaf blowers.

  • Delivery

    We offer two types of delivery:

    • Standard Delivery via post is £5.95. For orders over £100 standard delivery is free of charge.
    • Next Working Day For an additional £4.00, your order will be delivered the next working day.

    For Delivery to the Scottish Highlands, UK islands or international addresses, please see our full delivery details.

  • Reviews

    Lovely

    Review by Emma

    I ordered this and arrived 2 days later. It was packaged well to prevent damage. Am so pleased it looks exactly like the pictures shown. Made well looks strong x (Posted on 14/12/2016)
    Absolutely lovely

    Review by Sue

    Dear Hen and Hammock

    Thank you so much for the speedy delivery of my besom broom. Its absolutely lovely, so another thank you!

    Kind regards

    Sue
    (Posted on 23/11/2016)
    Naturally beautiful

    Review by Julie B

    I have just received my brooms. Thank you so much, they are so naturally beautiful. I would recommend to anyone, Blessed be. JB. Dudley, West Midlands (Posted on 16/11/2016)
    Stunning

    Review by Helen finlow

    I received my broom today and was blown away by how lovely it is , I am so pleased with it and recommend anyone to get one for themselves. (Posted on 27/10/2016)
    Great quality, great service

    Review by Carolyn

    Thank you for the great Besom broom...not only will it be great for my daughters lawn - but it's ready for any night flights too! Great quality and service. (Posted on 26/10/2016)
    Love my new besom

    Review by Julie

    Really happy with my new besom, it's beautiful crafted, totally love it.

    Thanks so much x (Posted on 12/10/2016)
    Well pleased

    Review by Bev Mason

    Absolutely thrilled with the both the product and the service. Will definitely will be back for more products. (Posted on 03/09/2016)
    They are perfect

    Review by Mandy

    Thank you SO SO much!!! Amazing service! I have just unpacked my besoms and they are perfect! I also can't believe how speedy your service was too - awe-inspiring.
    Your grateful customer,
    Mandy Langton
    (Posted on 19/08/2016)
    Fabulous New Besom Broom!

    Review by Debra Hockley

    It arrived this morning and I absolutely love it!! Thank you so much. Very well made, arrived quickly and just what I wanted! (Posted on 07/07/2016)
    Just what I wanted

    Review by Sal Parsons

    Am delighted with the besom broom
    A beautifully crafted broom, which arrived promptly and well packaged
    Very happy as it really does sweep and clear far more effectively than a conventional broom
    Many thanks and shall look forward to buying from H&H again
    (Posted on 28/04/2016)
    Fabulous broom to behold.

    Review by Daniel Pease

    Hello there many thanks for my order and the wonderful craftsmanship of the Besom itself. My broom arrived in perfect order and condition thank you very much indeed and a wonderful day to you.

    Blessings D (Posted on 04/04/2016)
    Superb Besom Broom!

    Review by Andrew MacLean

    This was the first time I had ordered from hen & hammock and I was not disappointed. The Besom Broom is beautifully made and arrived in perfect condition. I would have not hesitation in recommending this product which was also delivered very quickly as promised via next day delivery. I will certainly look at hen & hammock's other products given my excellent first experience! (Posted on 22/03/2016)
    Amazing

    Review by Alan howe

    I ordered the besom broom as a gift for my wife. And in no way disappointed the service and delivery where absolute top quality will be using you again and the wife is totally made up she loves the besom.

    Thank you and I look forward to the next time.

    Alan (Posted on 14/03/2016)
    Besom broom

    Review by Nic chaney

    Received the besom broom for Christmas and absolutely love it. Carefully packaged and excellent quality. (Posted on 26/12/2015)
    Beautifully made, excellent value

    Review by Bob Wilson

    Having ordered my besom broom, I awaited delivery with expectation and was NOT disappointed. Prompt delivery and very carefully packed in fully recycleable material, the besom was put to use and swept leaves and wormcasts from my lawn with ease. Thank you very much for a beautifully made item which I am sure will serve us for a long time. I have already recommended Hen and Hammock to friends and relatives. (Posted on 03/11/2015)
    Fabulous besom broom

    Review by Derek Wilson

    Hello, many thanks for your very quick despatch Of my fabulous Besom Broom, it us what I really wanted, very well made,materials used are excellent, love using it.
    Kind regards
    Derek Wilson
    (Posted on 01/06/2015)
    Besom broom

    Review by Alan Coathup

    What a great besom, the best I've ever had, really well made, and delivered super fast many thanks,wil tell all my friends.!!! (Posted on 18/04/2015)

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  • Meet the Producer

    Mark Cottrell

    Mark Cottrell

    Birch besom maker for generations

    Traditional besom brooms have been Mark's family business for generations. His father taught him how to make a birch besom and Mark continues today with the same technique.

    The brush heads are made from silver birch, which Mark clears from a local Christmas tree plantation. In exchange for keeping the plantation free from birch, Mark is rewarded with a plentiful supply of sustainable besom material.

    The handles are made from hazel, also cut from a local plantation. Hazels need regular coppicing to retain their shape and the straight shoots quickly grow back making them ideal for bean poles and broom handles.

    In addition to besoms Mark makes other sustainable garden products like his oak boot jacks which are popular with wellie-wearing locals.

    When he is not making his besoms and bootjacks, Mark likes to renovate old farm machinery. He can often be seen at country shows in the south east of England with his vintage tractor and potato sorting machine. He's hopeful of renovating this threshing machine next, once he can work out how to transport it!

Description
Delivery
Reviews
Meet the Producer

Description

These traditional witches brooms are mostly used for sweeping garden leaves, but they're also popular for golf course greens, croquet lawns and wedding ceremonies. They are made locally by Mark Cottrell whose family have made besoms for generations. The birch is cut in the winter when the trees are dormant and leafless and the brooms are made throughout the year.  Mark even collects the coppiced birch and hazel by carthorse to avoid damaging the woodland. 

Besom brooms are better at getting into those awkward corners of the garden than a conventional brush and are more environmentally friendly than a leaf blower!

The brush head is made from silver birch and the handle from hazel. They are made in the traditional fashion and built to last.  Some customers come to us to replace brooms they bought 20 years ago!

All besom brooms are delivered by courier, so please leave an instruction at the checkout of where the broom can be left if there is no one at home.

150cm

The history of the besom broom can be traced back to pagan times, when a stick tied with brush twigs was the best way to keep the floor of a dwelling clean. Besom brooms had all sort of other meanings, associated with keeping evil spirits at bay, presumably as they could ‘sweep away’ things you didn’t like. More elaborate versions included bushy herbs such as rosemary and sage, but none of these are as hard wearing as birch. Today there are very few besom brooms being made in the UK as the market has been flooded with cheap imports or replaced by leaf blowers.

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Delivery

We offer two types of delivery:

  • Standard Delivery via post is £5.95. For orders over £100 standard delivery is free of charge.
  • Next Working Day For an additional £4.00, your order will be delivered the next working day.

For Delivery to the Scottish Highlands, UK islands or international addresses, please see our full delivery details.

Reviews

Lovely

Review by Emma

I ordered this and arrived 2 days later. It was packaged well to prevent damage. Am so pleased it looks exactly like the pictures shown. Made well looks strong x (Posted on 14/12/2016)
Absolutely lovely

Review by Sue

Dear Hen and Hammock

Thank you so much for the speedy delivery of my besom broom. Its absolutely lovely, so another thank you!

Kind regards

Sue
(Posted on 23/11/2016)
Naturally beautiful

Review by Julie B

I have just received my brooms. Thank you so much, they are so naturally beautiful. I would recommend to anyone, Blessed be. JB. Dudley, West Midlands (Posted on 16/11/2016)
Stunning

Review by Helen finlow

I received my broom today and was blown away by how lovely it is , I am so pleased with it and recommend anyone to get one for themselves. (Posted on 27/10/2016)
Great quality, great service

Review by Carolyn

Thank you for the great Besom broom...not only will it be great for my daughters lawn - but it's ready for any night flights too! Great quality and service. (Posted on 26/10/2016)
Love my new besom

Review by Julie

Really happy with my new besom, it's beautiful crafted, totally love it.

Thanks so much x (Posted on 12/10/2016)
Well pleased

Review by Bev Mason

Absolutely thrilled with the both the product and the service. Will definitely will be back for more products. (Posted on 03/09/2016)
They are perfect

Review by Mandy

Thank you SO SO much!!! Amazing service! I have just unpacked my besoms and they are perfect! I also can't believe how speedy your service was too - awe-inspiring.
Your grateful customer,
Mandy Langton
(Posted on 19/08/2016)
Fabulous New Besom Broom!

Review by Debra Hockley

It arrived this morning and I absolutely love it!! Thank you so much. Very well made, arrived quickly and just what I wanted! (Posted on 07/07/2016)
Just what I wanted

Review by Sal Parsons

Am delighted with the besom broom
A beautifully crafted broom, which arrived promptly and well packaged
Very happy as it really does sweep and clear far more effectively than a conventional broom
Many thanks and shall look forward to buying from H&H again
(Posted on 28/04/2016)
Fabulous broom to behold.

Review by Daniel Pease

Hello there many thanks for my order and the wonderful craftsmanship of the Besom itself. My broom arrived in perfect order and condition thank you very much indeed and a wonderful day to you.

Blessings D (Posted on 04/04/2016)
Superb Besom Broom!

Review by Andrew MacLean

This was the first time I had ordered from hen & hammock and I was not disappointed. The Besom Broom is beautifully made and arrived in perfect condition. I would have not hesitation in recommending this product which was also delivered very quickly as promised via next day delivery. I will certainly look at hen & hammock's other products given my excellent first experience! (Posted on 22/03/2016)
Amazing

Review by Alan howe

I ordered the besom broom as a gift for my wife. And in no way disappointed the service and delivery where absolute top quality will be using you again and the wife is totally made up she loves the besom.

Thank you and I look forward to the next time.

Alan (Posted on 14/03/2016)
Besom broom

Review by Nic chaney

Received the besom broom for Christmas and absolutely love it. Carefully packaged and excellent quality. (Posted on 26/12/2015)
Beautifully made, excellent value

Review by Bob Wilson

Having ordered my besom broom, I awaited delivery with expectation and was NOT disappointed. Prompt delivery and very carefully packed in fully recycleable material, the besom was put to use and swept leaves and wormcasts from my lawn with ease. Thank you very much for a beautifully made item which I am sure will serve us for a long time. I have already recommended Hen and Hammock to friends and relatives. (Posted on 03/11/2015)
Fabulous besom broom

Review by Derek Wilson

Hello, many thanks for your very quick despatch Of my fabulous Besom Broom, it us what I really wanted, very well made,materials used are excellent, love using it.
Kind regards
Derek Wilson
(Posted on 01/06/2015)
Besom broom

Review by Alan Coathup

What a great besom, the best I've ever had, really well made, and delivered super fast many thanks,wil tell all my friends.!!! (Posted on 18/04/2015)

Write Your Own Review

How do you rate this product? *

1 star 2 stars 3 stars 4 stars 5 stars

Meet the Producer

Mark Cottrell

Mark Cottrell

Birch besom maker for generations

Traditional besom brooms have been Mark's family business for generations. His father taught him how to make a birch besom and Mark continues today with the same technique.

The brush heads are made from silver birch, which Mark clears from a local Christmas tree plantation. In exchange for keeping the plantation free from birch, Mark is rewarded with a plentiful supply of sustainable besom material.

The handles are made from hazel, also cut from a local plantation. Hazels need regular coppicing to retain their shape and the straight shoots quickly grow back making them ideal for bean poles and broom handles.

In addition to besoms Mark makes other sustainable garden products like his oak boot jacks which are popular with wellie-wearing locals.

When he is not making his besoms and bootjacks, Mark likes to renovate old farm machinery. He can often be seen at country shows in the south east of England with his vintage tractor and potato sorting machine. He's hopeful of renovating this threshing machine next, once he can work out how to transport it!

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