Living Willow from Willows NurseryHow to make a living willow tunnel
page in as much detail as the How to make a living willow dome or wigwam pages – but hopefully, you can see how
easy it is to make a simple living willow tunnel. (More detailed instructions are sent with the kits)
Please visit our ‘Living Willow Tunnel Gallery’ to see more photographs of living willow tunnels of different sizes and styles.
IDEAS FOR PLANTING & GROWING A LIVING WILLOW TUNNEL
Our living willow tunnel kits are based on the simple design of creating arches from pairs of long willow whips which span your pathway – ideally spaced no more than say 18 inches
(45 cm) apart and then planting 2 shorter willow whips as diagonals in between each to arch to hold the structure together.
Planting these whips diagonally is important to encourage denser side growth. If you weave the diagonal whips ‘in front of one vertical and behind the next’, this makes the structure more rigid . For a more dense initial structure you can add extra diagonals – but remember that you will be weaving in the new growth and that makes the structure more dense over time anyway.
Where the diagonals stick out beyond the ends of the tunnel, simply bend them back around the end whips and weave them back into the criss-cross pattern.
The upper photograph shows a standard tunnel kit (with fedges attached) as just planted – the lower photograph shows a mini tunnel kit (ideal for pre-schoolers or for adding to a standard dome kit to create a living willow igloo).
New growth will start to sprout in March/April and can be woven into the structure, as soon as it is long enough, to give more strength and shape – this is actually the fun part of having a ‘living’ structure.
We have the following Living Willow Dome/Bower/Playhouse kits for sale
Standard Tunnel WK102
Mini Tunnel WK110
‘Adapted’ Tunnel WK108
Large Tunnel WK122
Please visit our Living Willow Kit Prices page for full details.
Please see our FAQ’s page for further information and advice.