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Outdoor classrooms

Outdoor classrooms

Creating outdoor classrooms and the perfect outdoor learning space depends on the needs of the school or nursery, children and teachers. Over the years Sylvan Skills has helped to develop many educational outdoor areas. We have built hazel and living willow structures...

A Tale of Two Dragons

A Tale of Two Dragons

St Aidan's School in Teams, Gateshead asked Sylvan Skills to help develop their outdoor area. It has been transformed into different zones, including a fire pit, a large castle surrounding a central tree,...

Harvesting hazel coppice

Harvesting hazel coppice

Spring is coming and with it the longing to spend more time outdoors. Trees are starting to bud and birds are returning from their winter quarters. People are beginning to tidy up their gardens, preparing the soil for early plants like peas and mangetouts. We now want...

Living willow structures and natural fences for a lush 2021

Living willow structures and natural fences for a lush 2021

You might think it's a bad time of year for planting living structures outdoors when trees are shedding their leaves and nature is encountering frosty nights. But the best time to plant willow is during the winter months, once the willow is dormant, after a few frosts...

About Sylvan Skills

About Sylvan Skills

Founded in 1994 and based in Northumberland, Sylvan Skills creates customised willow and greenwood sculptures and garden structures. Botanist, horticulturist and founder Ruth Thompson is a knowledgeable, experienced heritage artisan and artist with a love for natural...

Living Willow

Living Willow

Living willow structures, and their care Living willow structures come in a variety of uses and forms: Play structures, such as domes, tunnels and bespoke items perhaps a boat, caterpillar, dragon, or metro train. These are often useful in primary schools. (include...

Eco Coffins

Eco Coffins

Eco Coffins The current lockdown situation raised some interesting challenges for me. For starters as I imagine has been the case for thousands of self-employed people or small businesses, I had several projects in the pipeline that were either cancelled or put on...

About Me

About Me

About me Hello, I am Ruth Thompson, a Northumberland Artist specialising in willow and greenwood sculptures (including fencing and eco coffins). Living in West Mickley in beautiful Tynedale, Northumberland with my husband and daughter, our business is called Sylvan...

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