Living Willow Structures & Sculpture.
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 more will be on the website
as a downloadable resource.
As a guide, a rough figure for design, supply and installation for structures is as follows;
dome / willow fort facade from £300
More elaborate domes / facades with outer tunnels and features from £500
Willow tunnel, approx 10'-12' long from £400
Willow arbours / basic small wigwams from £200
Living willow hurdling / screens £30 per metre
Chairs / entrance archways £50 - £150
6' diameter living willow moongate, woven & installed £1500+
OPTION 1 - HIGH MAINTENANCE (FOR PLACES THAT WISH TO BE VERY HANDS ON)
Planting trench dug, willow planted, planting trench covered in bark mulch - requires weeding on a regular basis
OPTION 2 - LOW MAINTENANCE (FOR PLACES THAT DO NOT WISH TO BE HANDS ON)
Whole area covered in weed suppressant sheeting and covered in bark mulch - lower maintenance, higher initial cost
**These are only as a guide, price is dependant on complexity, design, time, distance & amount of willow**
Willow Maintenance and the importance of!!
A willow installation is
not something that should be taken lightly. It is a living thing and therefore
needs care and
attention like any other living thing, notably, weeding, sunlight, water and selective thinning at the right time.
Due to the large amount
of maintenance work we are being required to do when revisiting installed structures
in some cases almost reworking structures that have been neglected or damaged , we can no longer offer free maintenance.
There will be a minimum charge of £100 for this service, inclusive of willow if required.
The more willow required, the higher the maintenance cost. It is something that has to be carefully
considered before committing to a structure. There is NO element of install and forget about a structure. If not
cared for it will either become wild and uncontrollable or will die. There is rarely an inbetween.
For schools who wish to
do their own maintenance (which is definitely the best way as teaching the processes
is surely an integral part of education!) we can offer training in maintenance. Ideally, everything could be covered in weed
suppressant sheeting and covered in bark chips but with many schools (especially and unacceptably new builds)
the resultant grounds are of such minimal quality for outdoor learning, with building rubble cosmetically covered by a
thin layer of turf, that we rarely encounter the perfect conditions for willow to be planted and to thrive.
There are also many cases
of grounds maintenance work, especially in the summer where workers have gone
sprayed weedkiller around the structure. It will kill it in weeks. We are committed to assisting schools where this has
happened, to hold individuals accountable for such actions, for which there is no excuse and ignorance is no defence.
Please please contact us if you have experienced this happening (and have proof), trust me, we would love to know :)
Hands on maintenance is good for learning, good for the soul and good for the sense of nurture and achievement.
Think of it in terms of a goldfish that never gets fed or have oxygen or its water changed = same result
Care for the willow and
it will provide years of interest and enjoyment.
Examples of our recent
|Craighead Country Nursery School, Mauchline, Outer fencing and central dome, January 2018||
|Fullarton Fairy Trail, Troon. Elven King's and woodland dome maintenance. Gateway,March 2017|
Ballantrae Primary School, living willow fence with archways, March 2017
|Ballantrae Primary School, living willow outdoor classroom with benches, March 2017|
|Liberton High School memorial garden. 5m living willow tunnel|
|Kelloholm Primary willow ruined abbey March 2016|
|2m living dome, Fullarton Woods Fairy Trail, December 2015|
|2m living tunnel, St. Philomenas Primary, Robroyston, January 2016|
|1.5m living fairy dome, New Monkland Nursery, Airdrie, January 2016||
|Knockengorroch Festival, Planetarium Dome April 2015|
|Littlemill Primary, living willow screening / tunnel , March 2015|
|Hobbit 'Igloo' dome, Drongan Primary, March 2015|
10 metre woven
|3 metre woven willow tunnel, with play bark & rails, Heriot Primary, Paisley - February 2015|
|'Guardians of the
Wood' Forest school wood, entrance feature, Craufurdland Estate, Fenwick
|Forehill Nursery, Ayr, February 2014||
Elfin dome and outdoor classroom with outer tunnels
|Enhanced 'cave' wigwam, Underwood, Cumnock, March 2014|
|Dalmilling Primary Dome, March 2014||
|Hayocks Primary, Stevenston||
|New Patna Primary School, Living willow wigwam & 76 metres of living willow fencing, March 2013||
|Shortlees Nursery, January 2013||
|Patna Community Woodland, February 2013|
|Minishant Primary, renovation & extension, February 2013||
|Hurlford & Crookedholme Playgroup, March 2013||
|Burnside Primary, Rutherglen, February 2013||
|Langlands School, Pollok, March 2013||
|Fenwick Primary 'Mango' dome & tunnel, March 2012||
|St. Andrew's Nursery archway & fence, March 2012||
|7' High, 'Holly King' Figure Sculpture, March 2012||
|Forehill Primary dome, tunnel & archways, March 2012||
|Woodlands Primary Willow fort & dome, February 2012||
|Willow 'fort' &
Craig Park School, Ayr
Willow Wind Dome
Dome and fencing
pergolas, domes &
Archways & tunnel
Dome & fencing
Gothic Dome & 'Eggloo'
|3 Entrance dome||
Hurdles & archways
Willow structure designs & proposals
When we are asked about creating
willow structures in school grounds, community areas or private gardens, we
will usually ask
for initial photographs of the site and then we will arrange to come in for a visit, discuss the options, take photographs and create
mock ups on the photographs to try and give a feel how a structure might look.