livingwillowprojectlivingwillowproject2Duration: three days

Name of school: Tot’s Playground, Hindley, Wigan

Artforms: Visual

Provide a living willow play structure for Surestart in newly created play area for pre-school children. Planned as part of a garden/playground project to enhance site and provide a natural play area. Parents and children were informally involved in planting and weaving. Helped to deliver FSELG’s through helping children look at the properties of willow (i.e. flexibility, height, growth, care of living plants). Local Surestart staff were able to develop practical skills by helping out. On day three, parents and children took part in a Christmas willow weaving session making simple decorations and sculptures. All involved felt the project was a success. It was documented by photos and reported in local press. Evaluated by Wigan Surestart Manager who has booked in two more projects for his area.