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Osprey sculpture for Kielder Forest

Osprey sculpture for Kielder Forest

We were recently asked by Forestry England to make a life-sized sculpture of an osprey for display  at Kielder Forest. We put the finishing touches to the Osprey sculpture at Northumberland show ground, where we had a trade stand in the Forestry Section, thanks to...

Living willow structures for Northumbria Health and Care Academy

Living willow structures for Northumbria Health and Care Academy

The new Northumbria Health and Care Academy in Cramlington will provide a centre of training excellence for nursing and midwifery staff and allied healthcare professionals. Building works for the training centre, office space and meeting rooms started in 2022. This...

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...

Ruth to appear on Robson Green’s Weekend Escapes

Ruth to appear on Robson Green’s Weekend Escapes

Sylvan Skills recently had the chance to discuss willow weaving and mental well-being with Robson Green in the 2nd season of Robson Green’s Weekend Escapes. The episodes was first aired on New Year’s Day 2024 on BBC2 and can be viewed on iPlayer now.As a creative...

Creative Highlights – Willow Christmas Angels 

Creative Highlights – Willow Christmas Angels 

Long nights and colder days offer more opportunities to be creative in a cosy setting, possibly making Willow Christmas Angels). Why not get together to learn new skills with likeminded people in your community? The goal of the Rural Touring Scheme is to deliver art...

Highlights of the summer season

Highlights of the summer season

As the warmer season draws to an end we would like to share some of the project highlights we’ve been working on over the last few months with you. It wasn’t the warmest of summers but we surely made the most of the drier days.One of this summer’s highlights was the...

Enchanting structures for playgrounds and gardens

Enchanting structures for playgrounds and gardens

Although most garden work has to be put on hold for another few weeks, March is the time of year to create living willow structures for playgrounds and gardens as the clippings need to be planted in the dormant season. Once put in the ground the clippings quickly...

Illuminated Rabbit for Ushaw’s Light Trail

Illuminated Rabbit for Ushaw’s Light Trail

During dark winter hours we embrace any source of light to brighten up our lives. All over the country cultural hubs and sites are creating enlightening displays to put us into a festive mood. ‘Illuminating Ushaw: Land of Enchantment’ is a magical Christmas light...

Hands-on experiences for mental well-being

Hands-on experiences for mental well-being

  Hands-on experiences for mental well-being Being creative, and spending time outdoors, has a massive positive impact on mental well-being, for most. Many people don't get to spend enough time outdoors making things using one’s hands. The lack of fresh air and...

Willow Sessions at Kirkleatham Walled Garden

Willow Sessions at Kirkleatham Walled Garden

  Willow Sessions at Kirkleatham Walled Garden Kirkleatham Walled Garden reopened its gates to visitors last August after being closed for more than 30 years. The Grade II-listed garden was built in the 17th century and formed an integral part of the Turner...

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