|Taken in April 2014|
Over the past 6 years they have never ceased to amaze me each spring when the new leaves grow & I look forward to coming back in August to see how wild they have become. I always remember the first spring they got their leaves many parents were amazed - they thought they were just ornamental stick dens not living ones. And one August when we returned to school we were devastated to discover the groundsmen from the education board had been in over the summer & chopped all the lovely lush foliage right back to the bare sticks. I have since banned them from my part of the school grounds & we try to maintain them ourselves - this year we decided to link 2 of the dens to each other with a canopy between the two.
|February 2014 before Martin showed us how to trim them properly.|
|Sarah (our NVQ student) & Peter (the education officer) making a new willow den in Bear Woods.|
|The willow archway that marks the entrance to Bear Woods.|
|The new willow arch & window Martin created in about 20 minutes.|
For the past 2 years when we have cut back the willow we have passed on the cuttings to other schools & parents so they can plant their own willow creations too.