Willow Port Hole Window on leafy dome
 
This Week
Create living willow domes, arbours, tunnels, fedges to add to your school or community gardens. Creates a shadey structure for nature watching, role play and reflective spaces.
 
 
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About Creative Willow
 
 
WILLOW CRAFT WORKSHOPS AT OUR HOME
Make lovely willow stars - variety of sizes, wreaths, snails, dragonflies, bird feeders, vases, Alternative Christmas Tree as gifts or to keep
 
 
Story Telling Days
Story telling in Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire.
 
 
To contact us:
Our telephone numbers and email address:
 
 
LIVING WILLOW RECOMMENDATIONS
School recommendations from head teachers and PTA.
 
 
ENVIRONMENTAL/OUTDOOR LEARNING SPACES
Working closely with teachers and pupils to plant native British hedgerows and fruit orchards to help wildlife such as bees, butterflies, many other pollinating insects. Creating natural habitat for birds, bats, small mammals too.
 
 
School Willow Craft Workshop
Willow Craft Workshop
 
 
Key Stage 1 & 2 School Curriculum Links
Key Stage 1 Curriculum Links
 
 
Non Living Willow Sculpture
Non living willow sculptures such as Dragons, Garden Guardians, Wizards, Family on a Picnic
 
 
Willow Merchants
We can supply living willow in the dormant season and non living craft willow throughout the year. Willow for Weddings is becoming very popular...
 
 
Hand Dyed Rainbow Candle Workshop
How to dye a white candle rainbow coloured
 
 
Organic Veggie Growing in Schools
Making raised beds and filling with good quality organic matter and making compost bins
 
 
Commissions
We will undertake commissions for log baskets, willow tepee plant supports, willow arches, willow woven hurdles, dragonflies.
 
 
NOW IS THE SEASON FOR APPLES............BRING ALL YE WINDFALLS!
Hands on interactive apple pressing
 
 
INSET Willow Dragon Workshop
We come to you and teach you how to team build a pond guardian or dragon.
 
 
Prices
Detailed pricing for all living willow structures and craft workshops
 
 
Creative Story Telling Seat Workshop
 
 
PUPILS' CREATIVE WORK
A sample of creative work from pupils who have been inspired by willow have designed Willow Word Searches and cross word puzzles.
 
 
Gallery
Pictures of snail, dragonfly, dream catcher, bird feeder, shooting stars
 
 
Environment/Eco Workshop
Creating eco bug resorts for wee beesties such as ladybirds, spiders, ear wigs, snails etc
 
 
ARTS WEEKS IN SCHOOLS
WE CAN OFFER WILLOW CRAFT DAYS, RAINBOW CANDLE DYING, ECO BUG RESORTS, STORY TELLING, ALL VERY INTERACTIVE AND ALL GREAT HANDS ON FUN FOR THE STAFF AND CHILDREN. GREAT AFTER ALL THOSE SATS EXAMS!
 
 
Workshops at the Weald & Downland Museum, Singleton, Chichester
Festive Workshop, Living Willow Seat and Plant Supports for Garden
 
 
Forest Schools
Den building, Tree & Plant Identification, Animal Tracking, Bush Craft Skills, Camp Fire making, Cooking, Wildlife Habitat exploring
 
 
http://www.lowimpact.org/network/1_low-impact_network.htm
Link in with Low-impact Living Initiative
 
 

This Week

This week we are at Upton House School in Windsor working with junior children creating a living willow tunnel in their grounds. Getting the children fully involved with the project from design to construction. Below is one of our newly planted living willow domes at Rumboldswhyke Infant School Chichester last December 2013 and above it is the same dome in May 2014 with Mrs Sayce the Headteacher and Ganesh in it.

Living Willow Dome at Rumboldswhyke Infant School with Ganesh and Fiona The Headteacher
Newly planted living willow dome at Rumboldshwyke Infant School, Chichester. One of our willow dragonflies on top hovering on a hazel rod.

The season has come  around again very quickly.  We are off and running and will be busy planting until late March early April  We do still have dates still available so if you have always wanted a living willow arbour, dome, tunnel, fedge in your school or private garden please pick up the phone and give us a call. 01243 511052

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34 year 4/5/6 children  sitting in our standard sized willow dome this photo was taken in July and the willow dome was planted in January.  As you can see there is still room for more children as the children are not sitting on the path. Tunnel attached.

There are 34 junior children seated in their willow dome. The photo was taken in July 2011 and we installed the willow dome and tunnel as part of a large willow village project in January 2011. 34 are sitting comfortably with room for a few more!

Children at Polehampton Junior School have been wallowing in willow this week as they halped create a living Willow Village in the school grounds. The project has been led by Ganesh & Elaine Kings from Birdham in Sussex and with their help every child has been involved in both the planting the willow and learning willow crafts. Everyone is looking forward to seeing the village flourish and grow over the coming years.

"We hear a lot about creative curriculum these days and it's been wonderful to truly live it for a week and a half", says Mrs Montie, the delighted head teacher.

Dear Elaine and Ganesh
"What a fantastic 3 days! I always think it is so wonderful when the whole school can work together on a project where the end result can be enjoyed for years to come. Your energy, enthusiasm and patience ensured that the whole experience was exciting, interesting and enjoyable for the children, teachers, TA's and myself. Thank you so much for teaching me some of the willow craft; it will be great to work with the children to recreate the stars, snails and bird feeders.
See you next winter!"
Kind Regards
Alison

Us taking interactive willow assembly.

This is our interactive school assembly prior to our willow dome creation.

We were teaching in a school in Shenley, Hertfordshire in January and working with all the school we created a lovely living willow dome that is in their environmental area. Thank you Clore Shalom for looking after us! Good celebrations for Tu Bishvat!

FOREST SCHOOLS

We work very closely with schools who have a 'Forest School' link.

One of our Living Willow Domes fits in beautifully with Forest Schools - it ticks all the boxes - children getting back to basics digging, hole making, bending hazel rods to make the framework and then planting long native willows diagonally to create a solid practical structure to use as an outdoor classroom.  This can be used as a bird hide, shelter and a good place for reflection.

We can teach wood craft using willow and hazel to build dens, show schools how to make small useful items out of willow and hazel such as bird feeders, vases, snails, stars, fish, living pencils.... the list is endless
Plus bush craft skills to turn willow into charcoal in a camp fire. 
Fire making
Camp fire cooking, pancakes and hot choclate....

Plant and Tree identification - plus how to find your way home if you have lost you compass......... and much much more

In March 2010 an OFSTED team met us at a school near Southampton and made this comment:

"How effective is the provision?

The school provides an exciting and memorable education for its pupils. They talked with enthusiasm about their interesting and often fun activities. The building of the school’s willow classroom during the inspection fascinated many and the week’s science focus on sustainability all motivated pupils’ interest and enjoyment of school.

Ganesh & children preparing the trench for living willow fedge walkway

INTERACTIVE LIVING WILLOW DOME AND TUNNEL UNDER CONSTRUCTION AT A PRIMARY SCHOOL

Burwash CE School:
The project so far has exceeded all expectations. It has been a great way to get the children to appreciate the fantastic countryside we have around us, here in Burwash, and to involve them in real decision making. It has been a good way to involve parents and the local community and will hopefully give us many special moments when it is in leaf, as we will be able to use it for drama, nurture groups, storytelling, bird watching, shelter etcetera.

With Ganesh Bruce and Elaine Kings

Working with the children

Endless Learning Potential

Hands on Participation

Enhances School Environment

Linked to School Curriculum

Fun & Exciting…….

Spring time shot of School willow dome - taken early May. Photo underneath is when it was planted in January of the same year.

Spring time shot of School Dome

We also offer a maintenance servive on our domes for future years.
Plus we can give you a price for living willow structures that other people have installed.  Give us a call on 01243 511052

Photograph of a 2 year old willow dome in early spring.

This selection of illustrations and comments relate to the CREATIVE LIVING WILLOW projects that have been constructed with the help of children and adults on school sites

The personal skills and abilities of the children, teachers and helpers have been drawn upon to create special outside places for use throughout the year for study and play.
These projects take account of the Sun Safe Campaign.

School communities have eagerly participated in all aspects of the activities building on the school curriculum and fostering positive attitudes to the environment.

The key objectives of the National Curriculum subject areas have been interpreted in many practical ways throughout the Living Willow Structure Projects.

A typical living willow project is fully discussed with the Head teacher and/or staff to establish the requirements of both the school’s curriculum and the planted willow.

A project can range in size and time taken will vary between 1 – 4 days. Working closely with the staff, children and helpers. Activities are designed to suit the age, ability and curriculum needs of all groups of children. Schools normally opt for a fifth day of willow craftwork.

Based upon previous teaching knowledge and working closely with schools a wide range of ideas have been gathered for extending and integrating the living willow projects. Whole school assemblies at project beginning and end have proved most successful and enjoyable for highlighting the total school community experience.

During the first growing season there will be further visits to the school for willow maintenance, staff training and interactive story telling with the children. Further maintenance would be negotiated.

School Recommendations

When Ganesh & Elaine came to build the living willow dome in our field they successfully involved all year groups from Reception to Year 6 in the design and build process. Children were soon enthusiastically designing, measuring and estimating, not to mention planting and weaving. Since its inception the Dome has become an important study area, and is frequently used for activities like storytelling or as a base for outdoor nature/bird studies/ Ganesh has continued to maintain it as it develops. He has also worked with the children on such diverse activities as rainbow candle dying, weaving, making willow bird feeder, studying Hinduism and storytelling. His work continues to encompass a wide range of programmes of study whilst providing highly enjoyable challenges to all age groups.

The class of children were introduced to the various tools and living branches to be used. They then worked alongside Ganesh and Geoff in small groups, helping to dig, plant and weave the hazel and willow into the structure. At each stage the children were encouraged to participate, discussing what they saw, touched and felt about the project. The days were completed with circle time around the dome, including singing, juggling and story telling. An enjoyable conclusion for all.


The living willow structures have assisted several school achieve eco status and in winning local, nation and international awards.

Other popular and successful bio-diversity projects are on offer to schools, teachers and groups. These include creating willow osier beds; small scale orchards, apple pressing days; tree planting and hedging; organic raised bed systems and composting, willow craft workshops, making living pencils and charcoal often using the school’s own willow.

Teachers INSET days can be arranged either in schools or at Ganesh’s home workshop which is just south of Chichester.

ganesh_willow@hotmail.co.uk

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