A Day of Art - Constructing a Living Willow Tunnel & Dome
As promised Anita did return to Goldfield in the Easter break to finish the tunnel and dome. It looks AMAZING! Please scroll down to view the latest photographs and to see what fun we hade joining in the construction.
Constructing the Living Willow Tunnel & Dome
First of all let's meet our willow structure experts.
The willow we are using for the tunnel and dome has been locally sourced from Manor Farm in Haddenham just 35 miles away. This lattice structure will be made up of upright, diagonal and horizontal pieces of willow. Anita and Julie cut a variety of willow a few weeks ago, tall and strong for the uprights, shorter, thinner willow for the diagonals and horizontals. The shorter lengths vary in colour red, green and yellow.
Our living willow tunnel and dome is sited in the wild area of the nature trail at the bottom of the field. The ground was prepared last week by cutting away the grass turf in the shape required. All of the turf was placed into a mound to create a minibeast habitat (a great place for a minibeast hunt in the future, infact some minibeasts have already moved in.)
Everyone at school today will play a part in the construction of the willow tunnel and dome. Let's start with the first group.
Work continues after the lunch break. The rest of the horizontal willows are cut and planted. The children learn how to make willow circles. These could be used for windows in the final structure.
All of the holes are counted and doubled to work out how much willow will be needed for the diagonals. A plait is made on both sides of the beginning and end of the tunnel, then the horizontal weave can begin.
A huge to Anita, Julie and our wonderful team of volunteer helpers. Without you we could not have managed this amazing project! We cannot wait to watch our living willow tunnel and dome grow over the next few months and to see how it changes. Please keep watching for all the latest photographs!
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