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Willow workshops with John Waller at Wowo




Willow garden structures & Living willow seats: Cost £75 per person

Living willow structures: Cost £60 per person


Living willow structures - Willow Domes and Tunnels

Saturday 17 Nov 2018


Learn how to plant a green shelter using living willow that will grow for years to come. The live willow rods are planted without roots, but have fully formed root buds which will grow when in contact with moisture/soil.  Forming a lattice with the upright willow rods will allow the structure to form "solid" sides as the leaves grow. Learn the techniques by planting a structure at WoWo, and use your knowledge to create your own structure at home! John will be able to advise on purchasing your own willow for use at home


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Living Willow Seats

Saturday 9 March 2019


Create a living willow seat for your garden, to your own design. Weave a hood, arms and back support, and have a living herb seat, or oak slab seat. Be sure to have somewhere to plant it though! Finished seats are approx 6’ high x 20” diameter, and you’ll need to be able to get them home!



Willow Garden Structures

Saturday 13th April 2019


Make a Willow Garden Obelisk for Sweet Peas or other climbers. The design can also be amended to make a "cage" to support tall herbaceous plants (eg delphiniums). Techniques learned can also be applied to many other designs. During the course you will also learn to make a "sunflower" plant support




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.

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.