About us

Welig Heritage Crafts is a partnership between Clive Lyttle and Elaine Burke run from their smallholding in rural County Down on the stunning Ards Peninsula where they live with their four children and various animals.

Welig Herotage Craft's studioWe established our business in 2004 drawing on our broad skills base, after backgrounds in environmental conservation and training and our individual specialisms. Starting with just 5 acres or so of pasture and two old stone cottages in various states of dilapidation we have managed to build up and develop a home and a sustainable business.

We have planted extensive willow beds, hazel coppice and native broadleaves providing our own materials on site.

Our workshop space has expanded as our business has grown and provides us with a great resource. We have an old traditional cottage which provides us with a small working space very much as it would have in days gone by.

Willow beds early in the growing seasonWe now have storage for our crop in the form of a barn which provides flexible working space for large scale projects.

Our most valuable resource has to be our purpose built studio – ‘The Pavilion’.

Here we are able to provide a space for training, exhibitions, talks and demonstrations, which whilst being bright and airy retains character and atmosphere with the ambience of a pot bellied stove and an area with comfy sofas for coffee breaks and lunchtime relaxation.

Workshops here can accommodate up to ten people and can be tailor made for groups to suit their specific requirements.

We have plenty of space for talks and demonstrations for groups of up to thirty people and provide the option of a light lunch or refreshments of tea, coffee and home made cakes and pastries.

Outside space is available allowing for bushcraft and greenwood crafts and visitors benefit from seeing our raw materials in situ seeing how its grown, harvested and prepared.

One of our hensAs we have grown our business we have had the benefit of exposure in magazine features for ‘Northern Ireland Homes and Interiors’, ‘Selvedge’ and we were highlighted in the top 10 workshops for BBC ‘Countryfile’ Magazine.

We have been interviewed by local TV and radio and New Zealand radio, and most recently were featured on ITV’s ‘Ade in Britain’ series.

We are one of the featured makers on Craft NI’s craft map where a short video is featured.

Our aim is to promote traditional skills and to be recognised for our quality craftsmanship.

Our memberships and associations include:

  • Ards Arts Creative Peninsula Member
  • Ards Creates
  • Association of Pole Lathe Turners
  • Basketmakers’ Association
  • Crafts Council of Ireland
  • Craft Design Collective
  • Craft NI
  • Dry stone Walling Association
  • Hedgelaying Association
  • Hedgelaying Association of Ireland
  • Heritage Crafts Association
  • Irish Basketmakers’ Association
  • Made by the Hands of Britain
  • Northern Ireland Environment Link
  • Play Resource Belfast, Artist
  • Scottish Basketmakers Circle
  • The Coracle Society