Living Willow Structures
Living Willow has become increasingly popular as natural shade in school playing fields; Living Willow Structures provide a green living shelter against the sun, and can be used as an outside classroom and play area. We can design a structure to suit your own requirements – for example, we have made a living willow starfish for a school near the sea, and also a living willow indian camp, living willow space pod and living willow dinosaur foot! Please contact me to discuss your ideas.
We have provided living willow structures at many local schools and pre-schools, and are able to involve the children in the planting/weaving process as appropriate.
All structures are mulched with play-grade bark mulch, and log seats or benches can be provided according to requirements.
A living “dome” seating up to 30 children, including the bark mulch and seats costs from £800, but smaller structures are available, and I’m happy to tailor the structure to suit a school’s requirements. Prices start from £150 for a living willow tuffet seat.
Testimonial – Mrs S Rogers, Headteacher, St Michael’s School Withyham
“What a successful day it was…the children so enjoyed helping to construct the willow structure and watching the progress during the day – thank you for patiently welcoming and talking to the various groups as they came to watch!
We now have something living and lasting that we will treasure, on our school field. I know that the children will get so much pleasure from it.”
Maintenance and Planting Information
Living Willow Structures require minimal maintenance – click here for the maintenance sheet. They can be planted once the leaves have dropped off the willow (normally November) and before the willow starts growing again at the beginning of April.
They require a clear, open site with minimal competition from large trees. They are planted into soil or turf – and need to be clear of drains etc.