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Willow workshops with John Waller at Wowo

Jon Waller

John has been involved with the environment, ecology, woodland management and conservation since 1990.  He originally volunteered with various conservation groups and was employed at Bore Place as a Conservation Officer to manage the 40 acres of woodlands and run the Green Wood Workshop.

He is a qualified tree surgeon and coppice-worker and makes a range of woodcraft products.  He set up his own business in 2000 and now runs courses and offers woodland advice and tree surgery services across Kent, Sussex and into South London.

In more recent years, John has become involved with many local schools, designing and building living willow structures including Dinosaur Feet, Space Pods and Starfish, to use both as outside classrooms and shade in the playground.

You can read more about him on his own website


How to Book workshops at Wowo


Click directly on the date of the workshop/ extra you want to attend, followed by clicking on 'NEXT STEP'. Then select how many people to attend each Workshop (take note of dates) and click on 'NEXT STEP'. You will then be directed to fill in your payment details.


Full day workshop cost £60 per person

Please arrive 15 minutes early to allow time for a cup of tea and meet & greet.  Please bring suitable footwear for walking on farmland, warm clothes (even if it is sunny) and wet weather gear just in case.  Please bring a pack lunch (ideally to share), notepad and pen, maybe a camera to help you remember techniques and memories of the day.

No previous experience needed for any of these workshops.

Maximum of 10 participants on each day.

Under 18yrs welcome if interested but need to be accompanied by a participating adult, charged at 20% off full price.

No dogs allowed please.


Living willow seats

Sunday 13th March 2016

10am - 4.30pm

Make a hooded seat to take home for your garden.  Plant it in a sunny spot and relax in its cool, leafy shade!  (Seats are approx 6' long x approx 20" diameter and will fit in most estate and hatch-back cars!).

What a wonderful gift to your household for you all to enjoy for many years to come.  You can order more
materials off John to make more for yourself and friends at home.


Rachel  Jools with living willow seats John with living willow seat


 Willow garden structures

Monday 4th April 2016

10am - 4.30pm

A day to make beautiful, functional garden structures. Learn some strong, reliable weaves to make obelisks, sweet pea frames, mini-hurdles and  ‘sunflower’ plant supports...

Come along to brighten up your garden, bring a friend or gift this day to a loved one.

Garden structures

Living willow structures

Saturday 19th November 2016

10am - 4.30pm

Learn the techniques to make living willow domes, tunnels, "twigloos" and "twigwams", while building a structure here at WoWo.  These structures will be a permanent fixture at wowo which you can visit and watch grow every time to return and you can then take these skills back to create the same structures in your own garden/school.  You can pre-order materials from John after the course.