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  • fran k
    Mar 12 3:30 PM
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      HI, No, it just needs cutting every year to eventually make the maze very bushy. It's free.

      On Mon, Mar 12, 2012 8:17 PM GMT Paula Harrison wrote:

      >hi if we cut the willow do we have to pay or is it have it in retuyrn for labour sort of thing?
      > From: frank_bowman <frank_bowman@...>
      >To: pfaf@yahoogroups.com
      >Sent: Monday, 12 March 2012, 16:13
      >Subject: [pfaf] Willow uk


      >Large Willow maze at Kinmel Bay, that needs yearly

      >Could you please
      >pass on to anyone you think may be interested. For any more info, and photos
      >and more detail of the willow species please message or email me.

      >Biofuel willow.  Basket willow.  Hurdle willow.  Structure willow.  9 varieties listed below..  

      >The average amount
      >one can easily cut in one day is 1000, to 2000, and a lot of these can be
      >divided into 2 or 3 for planting out.  Which, is easy because you literally poke them into the ground about 6 "
      >deep or more if you can.   I average
      >about 250 to 350 planted in an hour.  

      >The people who own
      >the Willow maze
      >appreciate it being cut, which has to be done yearly in order that it becomes
      >very bushy.   

      >Each whip normally
      >costs around  £1ea to buy. 

      >Its at the Chester Avenue,
      >community woodland, in Kinmel Bay, next to Rhyl.

      >The address is Chester Avenue, Kinmel Bay,
      >which is a road to the left, as you come down the St Asaph Rd, to the beach.

      >Communities first
      >established the gardens originally, and their tel number is 01745361140.  
      >They'll tell you its not their responsibility any more and that you will have
      >to contact the clerk of the council, Dave Courns, and his number is
      >01745355899.   Usually he'll be happy to tell you to go and coppice what
      >you like. There's 9 good varieties to choose from..    But, if
      >your getting a lot then it'd be best just to check with Dave first.

      >The Link for
      >directions on a map is below:.


      >The willow can be coppiced
      >up until April, but the earlier the better.  
      >For the work,  I would suggest a good pair of gloves and
      >perhaps knee pads, or a kneeling mat. You cut the willow right at the base, you
      >can use secateurs no problem, but some stems can be thick so a little pair of
      >hand held loppers, ie the next cutters up from secateurs are best. Also
      >bring string to tie up the bundles.   The varieties that are planted there
      >are the varieties in the pdf document.
      >Its fairly easy to cut more
      >than 1000 in a day, and at a normal cost of £1 each that's pretty good. I've
      >found that a normal planting rate is about 250 an hour. For planting you stick
      >the branches in the ground as deep as you can.
      >I've found that its much
      >better to plant them as short sticks at about 2' above ground if planting in
      >grass, (1' , or as deep as you can underneath ground.) I've planted them as 6 –
      >8' lengths, but when they're that big its much harder for the energy in the
      >willow to focus on growing roots and establishing themselves.

      >List and
      >descriptions of the Willow
      >that was originally planted:

      >VIMINALIS Osier
      >Very vigorous,
      >producing long straight rods up to 3m+ (1O'+) a year. Traditionally used to
      >make sturdy, practical baskets for fishing and agricultural use. Two year old
      >material is often used for hurdle uprights, furniture, etc. Other uses include
      >living structures, windbreaks, soil stabilisation, waste filtration, fuel
      >production, and artist charcoal. Long leaves and catkins.

      >"SUPER WILLOW" 
      >Very vigorous
      >hybrid willow. Slightly shorter but thicker than viminalis. Suitable for windbreaks,
      >soil stabilisation, waste filtration, and fuel production. Broad leaves

      >Very vigorous
      >producing long rods up to 3m+ (10'+). Shiny green stems turning orangey shades
      >towards tips. Suitable for living structures, soil stabilisation, waste
      >filtration, fuel production, ornamental use. Attractive long, narrow leaves and
      >abundant catkins

      >Q83 "SUPER
      >WILLOW" (hybrid of viminalis and triandra)   The vigour of viminalis and weaving
      >qualities of triandra. Attractive medium brown stems. Triandra-like leaves and
      >catkins. Favoured by hurdle makers, and suitable for other willow crafts
      >including large basketry and living structures. Also useful for soil
      >stabilisation, waste filtration and ornamental use. Not suitable for extreme

      >Almond-leafed Willow 
      >Traditional basket
      >willow still grown commercially today in Somerset
      >levels. Brown bark. Useful for dried willow crafts and living willow structures
      >and ornamental use. Glossy serrated leaves, catkins. Does not like extreme

      >DAPHNOIDES Violet
      >Tough, vigorous
      >and decorative, deep violet rods up to 2-3m. Some side shoots. Useful for
      >living structures, windbreaks, waste filtration and colourful stems in winter.
      >Attractive leaves and catkins.

      >Traditional basket
      >variety producing medium fine rods up to 2m long. Mainly green in colour.
      >Attractive blue/green glaucus leaves. Will make an attractive garden hedge.

      >Probably the
      >tallest growing of the purpureas. Very long straight rods 2-3m. Long narrow
      >blue/green glaucus leaves and abundant catkins. An attractive variety for
      >basketry, crafts, living structures, garden hedges and bee fodder.

      >DARK DICKS 
      >Very fine basket
      >variety. Rods 1-2m long. As the name suggests - dark purple in colour.

      >ALBA -
      >Rich yellow
      >coloured stems make this a popular variety for landscape work. Can be grown as
      >a shrub or a tree. Suitable for a garden hedge.

      >Hybrid of albe and
      >fragilis. A highly sought after basket variety producing long straight rods
      >that dry to a rich orangey brown. Rods up to 2m+
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