Living Willow Structures

That a newly cut willow wand should take root and burst into leaf is nothing short of magical. Planted in winter, willow wands are fast-growing and easily woven together to form a leafy canopy, ideal for natural garden structures. It really is as simple as pushing cut willow rods directly into the ground, weaving them together, and watering whilst they establish. There can be few easier, cheaper and more satisfying ways of creating an environmentally friendly structure in the garden — and it's fun. Most structures need two people to build, making it a sociable activity and enjoyable weekend project for all the family, including young children whose tiny hands cope with the short, whippy stems. Leafy in summer, willow hideaways provide shade: in winter, frost glistens on bare stems.

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