Monday, 8 April 2013

Willow Harvesting

Firstly apologies, it’s been a while since there has been a post from Wicken. We have been doing a lot of things to get ready for Easter and the new season, if the spring ever arrives. This included going to Spring Conference, a get together for all of the staff and volunteers in the region to hear about plans for the up coming year and share ideas. We had talks from the new director general, Dame Helen Gosh and Regional Director Ben Cowell which were very interesting. We then held our own mini version of this at Wicken.

I have also been doing various bits and bobs like getting the wild campsite ready for the first campers of the year who stayed in May and some upkeep looking after the trees at White Fen.

Today I was out cutting Willow with two volunteers Loz and Ian from the Fenmans workshop. They can use the willow for some of the traditional Fen activities they demonstrate in the workshop and we are also hoping to use it to make some willow hurdles with children from Swaffham Prior school, our guardianship school. The hurdles can then be used in their nature area at the school.

We had a fun, if tiring, day in the sun. Cutting the willow was the easy but, the hard work was sorting it into sizes and bundling it up. We had a sizeable pile in the end though. Thanks to Debbie from Salix arts for helping us.  Watch this space for updates on what we create with the willow this year. 


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