Posts Tagged ‘sculpture trail’

A carbon zero garden

Sunday, September 2nd, 2012

A show garden is one of those totally unrealistic and exhausting projects that must be built in a week in all weathers only to be dismantled 3 days later! It is the sort of thing that I usually try to avoid however this time the show was very local to me, I used all recycled materials and the garden brought together design, horticulture, willow and willow weaving.   It was a garden commissioned by the Royal Bath and West  Society.

The garden was designed as an inspiring work space for willow weaving workshops as well showing off some well designed raised beds using locally reclaimed timber.  It was a carbon zero garden on account of its recycled materials, its locality, the fact that I grew the plants myself (these were mostly coppiced willows) and that everything would be reused again.

The garden was well received with a silver medal and it was a great show!

Somerset Life

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

I am interviewed in Somerset Life (September issue)

Glastonbury extravaganza

Monday, August 10th, 2009

Willow fish at the Abbey

fish 1 of 3 willow fish 2 of 3

Snow in the woods – Basingstoke

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

A 6 month community project to create willow pieces as part of a sculpture trail in Great Binfields Woods.  I worked in schools, the library, with the cubs… as well as in the woods to site and install the ‘flower towers’.

snow in the woods willow flower towers

Sculpture trail

Friday, June 20th, 2008

I spent one week working with pupils creating willow art work as well as working in the small copse in the school grounds.  The projects involved hands on coppicing, making living hazel arches, willow flowers, large willow spiders and large willow fish. 

During a follow up week I helped on the project building a timber outdoor classroom, the pupils were involved with every aspect of the work: using a shave horse to make oak pegs, de barking chestnut poles, nailing cedar shingles, measuring & sawing, etc…

working in the woods  living hazel arches

willow spider in web

Sensory school garden – Basingstoke

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

Working with parents we created a sensory garden complete with edible, scented & textured plants, at the centre is a story teller’s seat.  Children contributed art work, totem poles to be installed.

construction of sensory garden  after a few months growth

story teller's seat