Willow has always been used as a funerary material
In ancient Greece, willow was sacred to the deities of the underworld - Hecate, Circe, Hera and Persephone and it has been used as a funerary plant for thousands of years. Willow was associated with warding off evil, overcoming the fear of death and gives a safe passage to the after life.
In ancient Europe burial mounds were situated near water and often lined with willow to guard against water erosion.
In Celtic Britain it was customary to plant the willow which was the tree of death and rebirth to ensure life would continue on after death.
Living Willow is harvested in winter and is kept alive by standing it in water, until it is transported to the customer. The willows are 2.5 to 4 metres high and are used for fences, pergolas, wind breaks, living garden chairs and also living playhuts.
Cuttings of my 4 varieties (Green Dicks, Red Flanders, Noir de Villaines and Viminalis) are available during winter at $1 per 30cm cutting.
This year's living willow will be harvested at end June/July 2022 and should be planted out soon after arrival at the customer. 2.5metre rods cost $4 each and 3metre + rods are $5 with transport extra.
Many schools have now planted out playhuts in their grounds for kids to have fun (see photo below). The kids are often asked to design what they want and then help to dig the trenches, plant out the willows and tie them together. A standard hut of c. 2m diameter and 2m height will require 50 rods.
If you want to buy supplies for planting your own willow grove, a playhut or to plant an interesting garden structure, contact me, and I will let you know what supplies are available.
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