Sculptures for Harrogate Flower Show

Sculptures for Harrogate Flower Show

Maxine Hall had special plans for the centenary celebration of Halls of Heddon, which has nurseries at Ovington and Heddon-on-the-Wall. She wanted to create a joyful eye-catcher for their annual display at the Harrogate Flower Show. This was to compliment the abundant...
Busting isolation with willow weaving workshops

Busting isolation with willow weaving workshops

The summer holidays are always a busy time for Sylvan Skills. It is usually good weather for outdoor activities and people have time to enjoy their gardens, improve their outside spaces and learn new skills. This year we also taught a series of willow weaving...
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, as well as smaller child-sized spaces for creative play...
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...