Salix viminalis willow
On a plot in the beautiful crofting village of Inveralligin.
Inveralligin, Willow and Pick Your Own plots
Willow from this site is grown for sale
in cuttings from 12 to 36 inches long
and these are available during the
winter months when the willow is dormant November end of April.
Large rods for Bowers, Tunnels, Sculpture, River bank spiling also supplied.
Details on request.
Orders taken October onwards in each year enquiries welcome at anytime.
Mobile 07710 542732
Salix Viminalis cost details
Season December 2015 - Early April 2016
Planting Cuttings guide
Cheques payable to `Croft7 `please 10% discount For collecting in person ( by prior arrangement only)
Characteristics of Salix viminalis
Remarkable for its fast growth. It is capable of producing long straight flexible rods from 10 - 15 feet each growing season from March to October, after coppicing or pollarding the previous winter.
Maximum height when left to grow : 28 - 30ft.
It is hardy, resisting exposed conditions, including salt-laden winds, pests and diseases.
It will grow in most types of soil, provided it is not to dry.
It requires no fertiliser, unless the soil is very impoverished or acidic. Indeed through its root spread and leaf litter, it improves and opens the soil structure and creates nutrients encouraging the growth of other plants and affords them shelter.
It is cheap and easy to plant in quantity and establish from slips (cuttings) and responds vigorously to regular cropping, providing a sustainable resource for a wide variety of uses.
Autumn Alligin Willow
Some suggested uses for Salix viminalis willow rods and cuttings
Spring floral decoration Abundant catkins in early spring provide nectar for insects, bees and other insects when few other flowers have emerged. Willows are therefore useful as
windbreaks or incorporated into orchard plantings. Willow catkins can also make attractive additions to springtime floral arrangements with flowers like tulips and daffodils., or simply on their own in a decorative vase.
Waste Management willows will break down and purify effluents such as slurry and sewerage. Transevaporation cells of willow dispel discharge which might otherwise contaminate watercourses. Similarly, willow will assist Storm-water Drainage, Soakaways and Land Reclamation.
Wood chips A mulch for playgrounds, paths, animal bedding, soil conditioning, composting, weed
suppression, and also used as biomass fuel.
River Spiling Longer willow rods can be used for river bank spiling, supporting river banks against
erosion creating binding effects with root systems.
Snow fences Rows of willow can form an effective barrier against drifting snow. Equally in a hedge can help filter and suppress noise levels from traffic. The annual harvest from managing the willow can provide Fodder for livestock.
Game Cover Willow glades shelter and protect game-bird feeding and release-pen areas. Also, Strategically-placed rows will lift bird in flight during a shoot, or provide concealment for guns.
Fuel for heat and energy in homes Willow cropped every 3-5 years will give logs several inches thick. Thinner sections of rod can be tied in bundles (faggots) and fed into ceramic and masonary stoves, from which 2 hours burn can give 24 hours stored heat,, suitable for sheds, greenhouses. Dried wood chip or whole logs are equally suitable for a variety of wood burning stoves in the home.
Fun with Willow Living willow structures, garden furniture such as chairs can all be created using willow rods and cuttings
Creating a Bower
Alligin Bower kit
(11) Spread wood bark chips from the centre of the Bower to the outer perimeter.
(12) Maintain regular watering till established.
Each year`s growth will need to be trimmed or woven in, during late winter or early spring.
Ties may need to be slackened or removed as rods thicken, or they may be constricted and die.
Cut out any dead growth. Replace with fresh rods if appropriate.
Add to the structure at any time to improve or apply fresh ideas.
A top dressing of fertiliser can be applied sparingly if felt appropriate.
Les has created structures for many clients in the Highlands examples of a bower and tunnels are planned in 2016 at the Inveralligin site .
Banner support for Community Woodland Association at a woodland fai
KIRKHILL community orchard and willow bower and tunnels.
A workbook for simple basket weaving with willows, other materials can be used from hedgerow species, or hazels, dogwoods etc
Alligin Willow NEWS
Willow Harvest commencing February 2016 till end of March - early April 2016
Planned for creation at the Alligin Willow site this Winter\Spring 2015\16
Question mark `MAZE`
Willow `boat sculpture`
Living willow Chairs and Table
Willow went to many projects in 2015
Further Orders coming in for 2015
200 2.8metre rods for a living `whale sculpture` at a project in Shetland
100 mixed metre rods to go to North Lewis for continued planting of mixed windbreak
Creating some decorative willow fish, platters, dream catchers and willow hurdles for sale at Inveralligin this spring.