'A fantastic creation of brain or hand'
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
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Types of structures
Domes

Willow Domes can make lovely features for gardens. In summer they provide a wonderful area of dappled shade; somewhere to sit quietly, to laze or simply hide. For children a dome can be used as a den or as an alternative to a Wendy House. (But please note that willow structures are not suitable for climbing on).

The size of a Willow Dome is only limited by the amount of space available and by the length of the willow rods used to build it.

Arches

An archway is an obvious feature for a garden or entrance way. If you wish to use willow arches to grow climbers over it may be necessary to kill the willow by ring barking it so that it does not swamp your climbing plants. An archway that is not living will eventually become brittle and may need to be replaced, whereas a living archway stays pliable and green.

Fedges

The term fedge (coined by Steve Pickup of Willow Bank) is derived from the words fence and hedge and so perfectly describes what a fedge is - literally a living fence. Willow rods are planted in a woven trellis-like pattern thus giving an instant barrier. When the willow grows the following spring a leafy boundary results.

In subsequent years the fedge can be thickened by weaving in new growth and in time, if the initial weaving was done tightly, the willow rods can pressure graft together forming a very strong structure.

Other Structures

Tunnels, arbours, seats, wigwams, sculpted forms - the things you can make with living willow is limited only by your imagination (and the amount of willow you can get hold of). Personally, I've always wanted to design and build a living willow maze.

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