|Mark Moodie with the PDC students at Oaklands Park|
|Comma on platic bucket - it could have stayed still on something more photogenic!|
|A willow stool on the edge of the woods|
As we scratched our heads and pondered this, Robin was running around our legs and I found I was distracted by the need to entertain him so I could get some work done in the garden- perhaps finish the aforementioned conversation! This was when the lightning bolt struck. Ever since our last trip to the beach with Robin I have been wanting to build him a sand pit. He LOVES the sand and can entertain himself for hours just digging it, throwing it, pushing it around and probably eating a certain amount as well. At that moment I was imagining creating something akin to a beautiful woven planter made for us by Carine at the willow bank- a large ring about a foot high which can be filled with earth and used as a small raised bed. Carine had recommended lining the ring with weed-stop fabric to prevent soil escaping through the small gaps in the willow weave, and i guessed i could do the same for the sand pit.
Doug was on board, convinced by the joint need to use up the willow and contain our son, so he set off to cut me some hazel poles for my uprights and some long willow lengths for the woven sides.
|A semi-pollarded willow on the edge of the woods|
I trimmed off the small side branches from the hazel and willow poles.
And hammered in hazel uprights about 18" long, about 6" in to the ground. I didn't use willow for this job as would would simply take root and start growing. A living sandpit was not the plan, although I'm sure it's been done somewhere!
I then did a simple in-out weave using the willow lengths. I am not a weaver, although I'd love to learn.
Some would say I need lessons! But it took shape pretty well.
I finished with some pretty thick lengths of goat willow to make the rim nice and strong.
Next (morning) I lined the pit with some weed-stop fabric and simply folded the edges under.
Our 5 bags of sand (25kg sacks @ £1 each) were just enough to get Robin started, although I think we could easily put in another 5 bags.....especially considering how much gets transported out in his wellies.