Children get willow weaving


Staff and children at Sowerby Community Primary School have spent the last few years working hard to develop their outdoor space to enhance learning and introduce new skills and experiences.

They are now in their final development phase and the school was delighted to welcome back specialist willow weavers Simone Siegan and Steve Fuller from Willowpool Designs to work with the children once again.

The children had a fantastic time creating a new snake tunnel for the infants play area; a wishing tree for a new sensory garden and designing their very own dream catchers.

Jean Yendall, headteacher said: “The week has got off to a great start with our willow weavers in school.

“Everyone has worked hard repairing the existing willow tunnels and dome as well as creating the new snake tunnel and wishing tree.

“It all looks wonderful and we’re ready for lots of good play and fun in the warmer drier days to come.”

The school now boasts wooden carvings, sensory garden, orchard, vegetable garden, wildlife area and pond. The areas are linked with native tree planting, a wooden play trail and the willow sculptures.

To mark the end of the outdoor grounds development project local artist Jayne Robson will be creating a mosaic for display at the front of the school later this month.