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Willow resources

**** Our 2007 - 2008 willow season is now over. Harvesting of the new willow
growth will resume in the Autumn, please contact us then ****

Cut & bundled willow  Flanders Red Willow Variety  

Willow is a flexible fast growing material which is perfectly suited to the weaving properties required in making baskets,
woven fences and screens and garden features such as domes, archways and living seats.

East Ayrshire Woodlands manage a willow crop to provide materials for site planting and craftwork, which is harvested
between late November and mid March.

Future plans for the nursery area include planting a resource of dogwood, which is also perfect in basketmaking, and
provides lovely contrasts of colour.


Our willow crop presently consists of the following species;

 

(SIZE A) Salix purpurea   -   "Dickie Meadows"                (Basketweaving)

(SIZE A) Salix purpurea   -   "Welsh Dicks"                (Basketweaving)

(SIZE A) Salix purpurea / fragilis  -   "Flanders Red"                (Living willow sculptures & basketweavng)

(SIZE B) Salix viminalis   -   "Bowles Hybrid"                (Heavy weaving & Garden Structures)

(SIZE B) Salix viminalis   -   "Mullatin"                (Large structures & woven hurdles)

(SIZE B) Salix purpurea   -   "Goldstones"                (Large structures)



Salix viminalis "Mullatin" bundled & labelled   Preparing for initial planting   Willow crop


We offer a range of species suitable for planting, weaving and basketmaking.
The crop can be visited by arrangement.

 


Live Willow Cuttings
Willow Stem

10" long willow cuttings are available while stocks last in all of the varieties listed on this page
These are usually available in bundles of 25 or 50 at 30p per cutting (Size A) & 40p per cutting (Size B).

For more information or to discuss individual requirements please contact us.


Live Willow Rods
Live Willow Rod Bundles

Live willow rods are also available while stocks last in all of the varieties listed on this page

SIZE A Species

 

                                            Length      Price per rod (Incl VAT) Price per bundle of 25 rods (Incl VAT)

4'               45p                                   £11
5'               55p                                   £13
6'               65p                                   £16
7'               75p                                   £18
8' +            85p                                   £21


SIZE B Species

                                                   Length      Price per rod (Incl VAT) Price per bundle of 25 rods (Incl VAT)

6'               71p                                   £16
7'               82p                                   £19
8'               94p                                   £22
9'               £1.05                                £25
10'             £1.18                                £28
11'             £1.29                                £31
12' +          £1.41                                £34

 

**Please note** We can arrange delivery of willow within Ayrshire or possibly surrounding counties if required but we are not at present able to arrange mail delivery for rods over 4', though collection is possible

For more information or to discuss individual requirements please contact us.

Willow Crop During Harvest


 

Living Willow Structures

We are happy to provide advice or install living willow structures for schools and community groups,
normally in the form of arbours, tunnels, domes, archways and fences. Design plans are also available and will shortly be on the website as a downloadable resource.

Living dome at Hillside School  Archway, Hillside School   Tunnel kit, built   Archway, Hurlford Sensory Garden

Simple dome kit, built   Side view of tunnel kit      Path Tunnel, Witchhill School

Entrance dome, Auchinleck Nursery    Low, living fedge, Auchinleck Nursery    Large dome & tunnel, St. Xaviers School, Waterside

Small dome & tunnel, St. Xaviers, Waterside  Arbour   Auchinleck Nursery

Auchinleck Nursery  'Crown' dome under construction   Living 5 - a side goal under construction

Crown Dome, Crossroads Primary  Crown Dome, Crossroads Primary  Willow archways - Crossroads Primary


Some of our structures with a few months growth

   

   


Willow Structure Kits

Simple Crown Dome

This is a kit using only single stems for uprights and door entrance

Consists of;

23, mixed 9'+ rods for outer arches and door
10, mixed 10'+ rods for uprights
Re-usable cable ties for temporary fixing

£35, with detailed instructions


Deluxe Crown Dome

Crown Dome, Crossroads Primary

A more elaborate kit using multiple stems twisted together for added strength
and a more pleasing effect

Consists of;

50, mixed 9'+ rods for outer arches and doorway
20, mixed 10'+ rods for uprights
20, mixed 5'+ rods for creating windows
Re-usable cable ties for temporary fixing

£55, with detailed instructions


Willow Tunnel

A simple kit, to construct a tunnel up to 12' length, depending
on the gaps between the archways

Consists of;

30, mixed 9'+ rods for archways
14, mixed 9'+ rods for angled uprights
20, mixed 9'+ rods for horizontal Strengtheners (or to add to doors)
Re-usable cable ties for temporary fixing

£45, with detailed instructions

Create a Willow Tunnel (pdf)


Willow Arbour

A simple kit, to construct an arbour around a temporary or permanent small seating area

Consists of;

22, mixed 9'+ rods for Front archway & uprights
10, mixed 9'+ rods for horizontal strengtheners
Re-usable cable ties for temporary fixing

£35, with detailed instructions


Willow Entrance Archway

A simple archway kit, to construct a robust entrance archway for a path or other area

Consists of;

20, mixed 10'+ rods
20, Flanders Red 6'+ rods for weaving round uprights
Re-usable cable ties for temporary fixing

£32, with detailed instructions


Other Willow Crafts & Products

 

Recently, much of the old willow at sorn has been collected, bundled and cut in to short lengths then fired for a couple of hours to produce artist's charcoal for use in drawing and sketching. This traditional method produces a high standard of charcoal which is excellent for artwork and smudges well. Packets of charcoal will be on sale at forthcoming events in Ayrshire where FEI are represented.

Preparation for burning  Willow before firing  

firing the willow  finished artist's charcoal


Contact us for further information.