Monday, 31 March 2014

Coppicing Willow

The Scarlet Willow by the weir in the Provost's garden, Salix alba 'Chermesina', have provided a stunning display of colourful stems this winter. Grown for these stems, the willow is coppiced at this time every year, the resultant growth of 2 to 3 meters in one year produce the young yellow-orange-red stems that created this display, enhanced by their reflection in the water. 

Each stem is cut back to 2 to 4 buds, about 5-10cm above last year's cut, then the willow is collected and tied into bundles for drying out and storage.

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