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CONTACT:
Ann Little
ann@yorkshirewillow.co.uk
Tel: 01706 839170


"fantastic fun planting the dome....really "forgiving" and easy to use. It looks great and we will try to add to it each year. Many thanks for your help"
Amanda, Lancaster Royal Grammar School. [Dome & Tunnel Kit]

“Thank you – The dome looks wonderful, the children love it. I have sent for 2 sets of solar lights so a fairy kingdom it will become”
Patricia, Stretton Day Nursery. [3m Dome Build Carried out by us]

"Thank you for all your work yesterday. I have had lot's of very positive comments from people in the village. They especially enjoyed being able to join in with the construction. Children are already playing in it!"
Julie, Malton, North Yorkshire Community Project. [Dome and Connecting Tunnel]

"Hi Ann, Just to say my kit arrived all ok! We planted it today I'm really pleased with it and can't wait for it to start bursting into life! Thanks again
Debbie" Local School Project [Small Dome]

"The pupils are loving their willow, having great fun at break times and also helping to inspire their writing on the subject of the rainforest, where they made traditional head-dresses and then used the dome and tunnels as their 'den' whilst being warriors - they produced some very creative work following this! The willow was also a 'big hit' with our new parents of the next reception year who were very impressed by your handiwork and that their children had the privilege of a willow dome in their school garden! "
Catharine
Kirkland & Catterall [Large Dome with two tunnels built by us with help from Children]

"Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. Glad you enjoyed your day in Rainton. The dome and tunnel look great and can't wait until it starts to grow. Many thanks for all your help."
Martin, Rainton Community Project [ 3m Dome and 3m Tunnel built by us with local community children & adults helping]

"fantastic it has a great head of hair about 3 foot long and in need of a haircut. If you want to take any pictures pop over some time"
Martin, Local Project [Large 3m Arbour]

"Thanks very much for the kit. It looked like it might have been fun packing it up too - was the longest parcel I've ever received. Have now assembled the dome and it was really good fun. Just wanted to let you know how much fun we had making it.
All the best" [Jon, South East London]

"Thanks so much to for coming to school yesterday and building the dome and tunnel, for great rapport with the children, and for all the generous advice as well. Children, parents and staff all love it - I'm not sure who is the most excited!!!."
[Gill, Whitley Village School, Cheshire]

 

 

 

WILLOW PLANTING

Willow is very adaptable, in the UK climate it will survive almost anywhere. It will tolerate some shade, but grows best in bright sunshine, and will grow on moist, dry or fertile sites as well as in poor soil.

This plant will actually improve poor soil and clean polluted sites.

But the more fertile and moist the soil is, the better the plants will grow.

Always plant in the winter. Water occasionally if there is a dry summer in the first year.

 

Site Preparation

The amount of soil preparation depends very much on the time available, controlling weeds in the first 2 years is very important to allow cuttings to establish effectively.

Ideally prepare the soil by digging over and clearing all weeds, however using a sheet to cover the ground and kill weeds will work nearly as well as cuttings can be planted through the membrane.

For best results the membrane should be a tough woven material which is water permeable.

The membrane increases soil temperature and retains water during dry periods. Thin sheets will only last a year but tougher ones can last over 5 years.

 

Planting

The ideal time for planting is early December to the end of March, however depending on the weather and location it is usually fine well into April.

Cuttings or rods should ideally be planted immediately but if this is not possible they should be stored in as cool and shady a place as can be found.

Cuttings are pushed (through hole made in membrane if used) into the soil leaving about 7-10cm above the surface, rods should have ideally minimum of 15cm below the surface.

If the ground is hard it may be necessary to use a metal bar to help make a hole for the willow to be pushed into.

The cuttings must also be planted the correct way up with the buds pointing upwards.

 

Spacing

Spacing depends on why you are planting the willow, if a hedge or barrier of some sort they can be planted as close as 30cm apart, however if you are letting them grow into trees you may want to plant them 3-6m apart.

If growing for fuel over a 4-6 year cycle, then 2m is more appropriate.

 

Weed Control

As stated earlier the most effective method of weed control is to plant the cuttings or rods through a tough woven water permeable membrane (We can supply).

This is very effective and ensures the plants can get established with minimal further work. Helping both weed control and keeping moisture in.

Weeding by hand is very labour intensive and only practical if there are a relatively small number of plants, it is however of course very effective.