Friday 26 November 2010

Willow Maintenance

today we are running a willow maintenance day at Sunnyside Primary School, Coulby Newham, Middlesbrough despite the snow. the idea is to show teaching staff how they can keep their willow structures in good condition and use some of the trimmings for classroom activities. we can also suggest plantings to complement the willow structures and remind staff that strimmers are the enemy of all trees, especially willow

Wednesday 24 November 2010

Willow Structures for Nursery Classes

we have been working at Pallister Park Primary School in Middlesbrough this week the weather is decidedly wet and soggy. we have been working with the children to make a 'willow village of domes and tunnel. when we arrived at the school we were pleasantly surprised to see leaflets from Middlesbrough Council that featured happy families playing in the living willow maze that we created at the city farm at Coulby Newham. we were so pleased to see that the maze had thrived and has good growth.

Wednesday 17 November 2010

Living Willow Projects for November

We have been busy building Living Willow Structures. At Merryhills Primary School, Enfield we spent a week working with the children to build their new 'Willow Walk'. The structure was based around a series of tunnels connected to a dome.
Last Saturday we spent a day at Bedford Modern School working with sixth formers making willow insect sculptures.

This week we have been working in Nursery Schools in Cheshire and Didsbury building tunnels and domes in newly created play areas.