step by step guide to building willow structures: willow tunnels
Step 1: Mark out 2 trenches, dig to a depth of
30cm and mix with compost. You may wish to make the tunnel curve or taper.
Step 2: Insert 2 poles opposite each other along the length of
the trenches at a spacing of approximately 25cm. Shorter poles can be used towards the rear of the
tunnel to enhance the tapering effect.
Step 3: Bend each pair of poles together to form an arch and tie
at the end of each pole.
Step 4: To increase the stability of the structure you can secure a
pole(s) along the length of the tunnel at the apex of curves.
Step 5: In order to build up the growth on the sides of the tunnel
insert two woven poles at an angle of approximately 45
degrees at the base of each upright on each side. These are then
woven back along the tunnel to finish near the top of the curve.
Step 6: The tunnel is now complete and will form an excellent shaded
attraction for kids to play in and around.