Willow in the wet
The stormy and very wet weather couldn’t stop the home ed forest school group meeting up today at the Meynell Langley community orchard to prune and renovate their living willow structure.
There were some lovely delicate willow sculptures made with prunings - and enthusiastic and very vigorous lopping of blackthorn which was growing into one of the structures.
By the end of the session, all the gaps in the main structure had been re-filled with cuttings (which should grow in the spring) and wayward branches were tied back in to make the shape the children thought the structures ought to be.
After some very well-earned hot chocolate, everyone has gone away with willow cuttings to root in water in jam jars- it’s amazing to watch bare twigs start to root and shoot!
Next week, we’ll be out exploring to find winter animal habitats across the Meynell Langley estate and to find the very Best Sticks for our latest Air Arts display project!