Planting a 'Fedge'!

Posted on March 31, 2014 by Emma Nicolson

Five garden volunteers spent a constructive day on Sunday planting a 'fedge'- a living willow fence- round the new seating area across the burn from the Woolmill.  Willow 'rods' of three different varieties were donated by basketmaker Tim Palmer, and by the Findhorn Foundation gardeners.  The varieties have different coloured bark- green, brilliant lime green and black, which we wove together to make a colourful windbreak and backdrop to the seating area.  It was hard work physically and mentally- making holes in the soil to push the rods firmly into, and then keeping track of the different rods as they were woven into a sturdy fence.  Over the next month the rods should start sprouting and by the summer the fedge will be a fluffy green living structure. The garden volunteers will be keeping the fedge watered as it puts down roots during their fortnightly garden volunteer work parties on Thursday mornings.  New volunteers are always welcome to help keep the garden looking good.  Garden volunteers meet between 10am and 12.30pm, followed by a soup lunch provided by the Woolmill as a thank you.  Dates of next sessions are 10th and 24th April, 8th and 22nd May.  Tasks include planting dye and teasel plants, snowberry hedges, making compost bins and weeding.  If you are interested in finding out more about volunteering please contact the Woolmill on 01340 810345 or