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.
As a guide, a rough figure for design, supply and installation for structures is as follows
Thickly woven domes with optional outer tunnels and features from £600 (minimum 1m diameter)
Willow tunnel, approx 10'-12' long from £400 (depending on height and width)
Willow arbours / basic small wigwams from £300
Living willow hurdling / screens £30 per metre
Chairs / entrance archways £50 - £150
6' diameter living willow moongate, woven & installed £1500+
WE NOW ONLY OFFER INSTALLATION AS LOWER MAINTENANCE
- WITH WEED SUPPRESSANT SHEETING, BARK MULCH AND OPTIONAL
SIDE PROTECTION BOARDS AND PEGS, TO MINIMISE MAINTENANCE DAMAGE.
**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.
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.