With ever increasing pressure for us all to reduce our carbon footprint by using renewable resources we believe that willow rods can provide a range of options for the garden.
We grow a crop of of the vigorous willow variety, Salix viminalis, or Common Osier on farmland in Currie. Planted in March 2007 the crop regenerates annually and produces a sustainable crop of willow rods up to 3 m (10 feet) in height. This particular strain of willow has been used for centuries, mainly for sturdy agricultural and maritime basketry. Nowadays Salix viminalis is more commonly used for living structures such as garden furniture, wigwams, tunnels and domes etc. as well as for natural windbreaks, fences, hedges, charcoal and biomass fuel.
Creating living structures is extremely easy and immense fun for all age groups. Willow can be used to create structures to add interesting shapes and peaceful, leafy places to sit in gardens large and small. Children can become involved with the planting and subsequent aftercare to create a secret dome or wigwam den. These eco-projects are particularly educational and stimulating for pre-school nurseries, schools and youth organisations Edinburgh Willow grows rods of various lengths for the creation of living structures. Freshly cut rods and cuttings are harvested between November and March.