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Willow Weaving

Sunday, November 28th 2021

On Friday it was the last Forest School before Christmas so the families made some festive wreathes to take away.

First, the Willow was harvested in the area that was coppiced last winter. The children were surprised at how colourful the new shoots were; they ranged from green to bright red.

They were also amazed at how tall the new shoots had grown in just one year!

Using loppers the children cut the Willow from different places so you couldn't even tell they had been there, sneaky!

With their bundle of Willow whips it was time to head back to the centre and get creative.

Back in the warmth of the classroom the circular frames soon took shape.

It was a team effort!

Everyone had a go.

Next, it was time to add some foliage to the frame. The wonderful scent of the Grand Fir branches filled the air.

Ribbons, bows, berries and dried orange slices were added.

Even the youngest family members got involved!

Thank you to the children and their parents for their support over the year. There was going to be a Willow weaving session for adults but sadly the storm damage has now had to take priority. However, if you would like to come along and gather some wreath making materials in return for a donation you are more than welcome to, afterall there are plenty of conifer branches after the storm! Contact the Reserve Managers to arrange a 'harvest' if you are interested!


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