Growing a Living Willow Garden Structure (with rustic farm lunch)

Ref: C3841933

As a group we will work together to create several types of living willow garden structure that will continue to grow and evolve over several years. Willow’s capacity to root very easily, and it’s flexible quality, make it an ideal natural material to use creatively for making useful structures that can work with nature whilst still providing a function, such as a shaded area, an archway, a living hedge or screen, or a kids play dome or tunnel. The course will be hands-on but throughout the course we will have a chance to discuss the value of willow in nature and society. We will cover the basics of the plant’s qualities and uses aswell as touching on the history of its uses in our society in the UK. Taking inspiration from cultural texts such as the book Wildwood by Roger Deakin.

Course aim

This practical course will give an introduction to making a basic living willow structures for a garden or community space. Exploring willow’s place in nature, our culture and wellbeing

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Demonstrate new creative and practical skills with living willow
  • Contribute to a community project
  • Connect with nature to enhance wellbeing
  • Discuss the value of willow in nature
  • Work as part of a group to create something shared

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • Please bring waterproof shoes or boots and clothing and some seceteurs and gardening gloves if you have them.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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Growing a Living Willow Garden Structure (with rustic farm lunch)


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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
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