A SIMPLE DOME/PLAYHOUSE

MADE FROM

LONG WILLOW WHIPS

See the criss

cross weave

'in front/then

behind'.

Right  -   Push your longest whips into the     

ground (about 6 to 9 inches is sufficient for them to root - go deeper if you wish). Space them evenly - leaving an opening for the

entrance. Bend over two opposite whips, wrap them around each other where they overlap and tie together. Do the same with opposite pairs. See the photograph below.

Add 2 'diagonals' per gap -  except

at the entrance -  planting diagonally

encourages denser side growth.

Ideally weave the diagonal whips 'in

front of one vertical and behind the

next' as this makes the structure more rigid -  although tying the whips

together will help while you are

working especially towards the tips.

You could join the 'diagonals' to

create semicircles -  rather than just

leaving them to end in a straight line

as on the wigwam.





For a denser structure add extra

diagonals.



Where the diagonals go across the

entrance simply bend them around the

vertical whip a weave them back into

the criss-cross pattern.

The whips for the dome were planted in January .

The first three photographs below show growth in early May .


Baby -  Rachel -  included for scale !

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Introduction


How to grow Willow from Cuttings


Living Willow Structures


Kits for Living Willow Structures

Teachers & Parents ordering for SCHOOLS


Description of Willow Varieties


Prices of Cuttings and Long Whips


How to Order


Order Form


How to make a Wigwam


How to make a Playhouse/Bower


More Willow

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These two photographs show the same dome the following year in June with Anne weaving in some of the new growth and Rachel 'helping'

(The new growth can be left, if you prefer, for a shaggier and denser look).

.  .  and June

the next year.

See 'More Willow'

for more photographs

and Click Here for

more living willow ideas.

LIVING  WILLOW

Offering willow grown in Northamptonshire.
From Willows Nursery, Walgrave, Northampton, NN6  9QA.

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