Saturday, 20 March 2010
Living Willow Season
We continue to have a very busy living willow season - visiting schools, planting our withy beds and harvesting willow rods.
The weather has been very springlike this week and children have been coming out to help make the domes and tunnels without the need for winter coats and waterproofs.
Steve worked at Greenbanks Primary School in Liverpool on Monday where he built a tunnel in an established garden area in the nursery playgound. The tunnel was over a path through lavender bushes and should look and smell great in the summer. The nursery children were involved in the project and each child planted a willow rod. They have also been given the task of watering the tunnel to ensure good rooting of the willows.
Steve also had 2 days at a nursery garden in Poynton, Cheshire where PlaySound www.playsoundplaygrounds.co.uk had built a new play area. Steve built a lage willow tunnel over three new benches.
We also strated a project at Aldereman Leach Primary School, Darlington where we are building a storytelling area in the form of a willow enclosure.
Work was started on a Groundworks Trust project at Sunnyside Primary School, Coulby Newham, Middlesbrough where we are creating a 'willow village' of several willow domes linked by tunnels.
Today we are working with the Girl Guides at Carlisle to weave a giant trefoil that will be displayed at Tullie House Museum, Carlisle as part of a celebration of The Girl Guides