I’m a lifelong gardener, well, when I say gardener I have no formal training but have always enjoyed being out of doors, more recently I have found myself outside of my own garden and working in those of others, on their willow projects.
A local school contacted me and asked if I could do anything with their tunnel which, to quote their head teacher, had ‘gone punk’ see below:
The whole tunnel shown pre trim, many whips were in excess of 9 feet long
I spent a very happy few hours trimming and re weaving the tunnel so it looked a little more ‘tamed’ – see below
There seem to have been many such structures and tunnels planted and then not cared for, if you have one that is looking a bit unkempt, do get in touch and I’ll see what I can do!
One of our local Methodist Churches has created a beautiful ‘Quiet Garden’ in its grounds, situated in a busy residential area with a very busy main A road at the gates, the creators of this garden must be applauded for their efforts. They contacted me because they wanted to create a willow structure in the garden somewhere. After a site visit and much discussion it was decided to plant an arbour over one of the seats which has its back to the main road, thus increasing the feeling of being sheltered in this lovely space.
I sourced the willow locally, using willow that I had grown and also some from Muddy Fork in Retford, Notts and from Windmill Gardens a city based community garden, this enabled me to create a unique structure with a number of different varieties of willow, which will (hopefully) give some lovely winter colour to the garden after leaf fall.
Spring/Summer update – it’s all growing well and looking gorgeous
Long Eaton community garden project…
…had secured some funding for a willow tunnel and asked me if I could supply this and plant with volunteers and other members of the local community. The project was delayed by the heavy snow and frozen ground, but we eventually planted the entire tunnel in three half days during March, we even had time to make bird feeders to help attract birds to the gardens.
Volunteer planting the last withies at Long Eaton Community Garden – photo by Alice Donnell
Planting complete at Long Eaton Community Garden – photo by Alice Donnell
Tunnel at Long Eaton Community Garden – photo by Alice Donnell