Working with Nature - ALLIGIN WILLOWS
CROFT7 - Working with Nature

  
    ALLIGIN WILLOWS
 Croft7  grows
  Salix viminalis    willow 

   On a plot in the beautiful crofting village of                      Inveralligin.







 




               




 






Inveralligin,  Willow and Pick Your Own  plots


   Alligin Willows

  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.
 Tel 01445 791365    email  croft7@btinternet.com  
 Mobile   07710 542732


      Alligin Willows




   Salix Viminalis cost details

  Season   December 2015 - Early April 2016


     



      Planting Cuttings guide

  
Please send your request for information from Alligin Willows or your Order Detail
   Cheques payable to `Croft7 `please  10% discount  For                   collecting in person ( by prior arrangement only)





 Salix viminalis
   
             
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.

Windbreaks

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.

Fuelwood planting














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.

          
             AFTERCARE


                 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

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  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 

                                
   
     


  September 2015


 




    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
   

    

    Large Bower

    Tunnels

    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.  
  


                                     willow weave
 
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