March 2010

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(NOTE: This is an archived press release.)

Horticulture students, studying for National Diploma’s and National Certificates in Horticulture, have designed and built an unusual addition to the landscape at Writtle College campus – a willow weaved maze.

The willow used for the maze construction was grown on College campus and was initially grown as part of a biomass trial.

Other College projects such as ‘art in the landscape’ also use College willow to construct various structures around campus.

Deb Hart, technician and instructor in horticulture, has been guiding the students with the creative skill of willow weaving. She said: “The art of willow weaving is very popular with schools and public areas. Previously I have built many structures as community workshops and when willow weaving at schools even parents have been able to participate.

The idea to build a willow maze at College came from a maze I saw in an arboretum in France. Since then I have designed and built various mazes in this country, including the one at the Salvation Army farm at Hadleigh – this maze I built with Writtle College Countryside students.”

The maze built by horticulture students is situated on the main College estate, and can be accessed by visitors to any of the Garden Open days - 11 July 2010.