Wild willow wands

Flanders Moss NNR

From a previous blog post (here) you will have seen that we have coppiced a section of willows by the car park as part of some rotational cutting for wildlife improvements. So now it is finished we decided to boost the numbers of willow growing in the area. With any other tree species this would have involved buying in young saplings to plant and digging holes. But willow is so vigorous that we have just been able to cut up some of the willow we cut into small willow wands and plant them. This involves just pushing them into the ground but you do have to make sure they go in the right way up! The wands need to be freshly cut, still full of sap and pushed into damp winter soils but most should just shoot from the minimilistic approach.

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A bunch of fresh cut willow twigs ready to go in. P1110586

And that is all there is to it. P1110588

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The result, we hope, is a thicket of willow regrowth that will provide more nectar sites for invertebrates and good warbler habitat. You will be able to see how it develops when you visit.

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