WILLOW SCULPTURE workshops for Schools
We work extensively with schools creating Living Willow Structures in gardens and environmental areas. We also make willow sculptures for display in school halls and classrooms or to brighten up outdoor areas. READING or WISHING TREES are very popular now. Schools use these as a focal point for children to sit beside and improve literacy skills by learning new words, hanging poetry from the branches etc.
We have been working with schools for over 35 years starting when Steve’s son Will was in primary school. Will is now 40
We have worked in all types of school settings from Nursery to University and can produce workshops and willow weaving activities for all age groups. We like to work with small groups of children to ensure that a good experience is had by all. Of course we can work with a number of groups over the school day. Typical projects are weaving life-sized willow animals for display in a wildlife garden and weaving giant suns and birds for hanging in assembly halls. Wishing Trees or Prayer Trees are now very popular. We designed this kind of willow sculpture so that schools can show festival decorations made in class. The children help to make the Wishing Trees and schools usually like to display them in the entrance area.
We have worked extensively with SURESTART throughout the UK and have wide experience of working with Special Needs groups and Children's Centres.
We both have the necessary public liability and CRB cover to enable schools to work with us knowing that pupils will enjoy a safe and fun willow weaving activity.
We work throughout the UK and have bases in Kendal and Hemel Hempstead.
Our recent projects have included:
Willow weaving day at the National Trust Footprint building
Citizenship Day willow weaving at Byedales School, Marske, Middlesborough
Willow weaving with Year 3 at Crosscrake School, nr Kendal
Willow Den building at St Thomas Primary School, Birmingham
BBC Breathing Spaces celebration days in Carlisle, Blackpool and London
1 Week Arts residency at Mobray School, Bedale, North Yorkshire
Countryside Live Children's Event at Ledsham, Yorkshire and Lea Valley Park, London
Willow weaving Workshops at Countryfile Live, 2016
Willow Weaving Workshops for Woodland Trust, Tring Park and Heartwood Forest 2016
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