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John Lamb Lash, 06/26/2009

 “. . . a living fence is a great idea. Rather than using up more resources, it actually creates resources: food, coppiced wood, medicine, mulch, animal habitat, and so on. This is what living greener and more sustainability is all about: We must find ways (and utilize them) to fulfill our needs without preventing the planet from fulfilling hers. The fewer trees we cut down to make fence posts, the better for carbon sequestering and oxygen production. Perhaps it’s overly simplistic, but a fence that produces something rather than requires being produced sounds much more logical, doesn’t it?”

Living Fences

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Becky Northey

Thursday, 30th January 2014

Becky Northey describes three different ways of shaping trees to make art installations, furniture, even bridges and buildings. Now that’s organic architecture!

“The desire to live with trees is part of being human. This longing is planted deep in our consciousness, and open meadows surrounded by trees with running water is our preferred habitat. The concept of shaping trees appears in literature and art, with the earliest known painting by Jean Perreal in 1516. These were created by people with no understanding of tree lore and so their dream concepts don’t work in reality, but nor did the first dreamers who dreamt of going to the moon. The important thing is the desire to turn the dream into reality.”

Read the entire amazing  article at:

You’ll find resources on Permaculture’s website for growing living structures.

The Art of Tree Shaping

Beautiful Living Fences Around the World

Image Courtesy of   Wainfleet, Ontario

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Nifty Homestead has loads of excellent photographs on their website with a page dedicated to building a wattle fence and even more photographs of wattle (and other) natural  fences around the world.  

From Nifty’s About page:  “Nifty Homestead was founded to help aspiring and expert homesteaders learn and grown.  We post resources on gardening, raising animals, natural building, sustainable energy, and tons of other topics related to homestead living.”  

I loved this site and all the valuable information to read and study up on - not to mention “Nifty Homestead Giveaways.  Nifty Homestead is a “secure” website: https//

Permaculture Magazine - Dedicated to the development of agricultural ecosystems intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient.  Located in The Sustainability Centre, Droxford Road, East Meon, Hampshire GU32R

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“Willow roots are aggressive in seeking out moisture; for this reason, they can become problematic when planted near cesspools or drainage areas. They should also not be planted close to a building due to their roots aggressive and large size.

Willows have high levels of auxins, hormones that promote rooting success. The hormone is so prevalent that “willow water” brewed from willow stems, will encourage the rooting of many other plant cuttings as well.

Willows prefer full sun but will accept part shade. Willows are also very adaptable as per water conditions once they are established and will also survive in poor quality soils.”

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Living willow fence at RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Yorkshire. Picture was found on

If you’re on the hunt for information about gardening, green building, raised planter beds, insect hotels, living fences, eco-friendly playgrounds, pigs, chickens, upcycling, recycling, all things eco-friendly or anything about homestead living, save yourself hours of surfing and look no further.  There is so much information on Nifty Homestead’s website, including hundreds of beautiful photographs, not the thumbnail size, but clear, sharp photographs, that you’ll be mesmerized by the sheer beauty of them.  Each photograph gives you information about its original source .  I have no affiliation with Nifty Homestead, but I used the information provided on Nifty’s site to start rooting some willow for a garden archway.

Below I’ve placed a few photographs from Nifty Homestead’s site on willow tree sculptures.  Nifty Homestead provides a link to each website or blog below each posted photograph and I have done the same on the below four photographs.

You’ll also see related posts on egg shell art, telephone wire art, firewood as art, bench ideas and more at Nifty  

Have Fun Learning about all the goodies Mother Earth, Gaia, gives us!

Willow Tree Sculptures from Nifty

The Siren’s Call by Trevor Leat |

Wicker Sculpture – Queen at Faulkland Palace, 2012, by Trevor Leat of Scotland,

Streching Willow Angels by Michelle Cain at the Secret Light Garden at Picton Castle, 2011.

Freyja by Joy Widdett,

In Norse mythology, Freyja; Old Norse for "(the) Lady") is a goddess associated with love, sex, beauty, fertility, gold, seiðr, war, and death.

Freyja rules over her heavenly afterlife field Fólkvangr and there receives half of those that die in battle, whereas the other half go to the god Odin's hall, Valhalla.

Freyja assists other deities by allowing them to use her feathered cloak, is invoked in matters of fertility and love, and is frequently sought after by powerful jötnar who wish to make her their wife. Freyja's husband, the god Óðr, is frequently absent. She cries tears of red gold for him, and searches for him under assumed names.

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In Greek mythology, the Sirens (Greek singular Seirēn; Greek plural: Seirēnes) were dangerous creatures, who lured nearby sailors with their enchanting music and voices to shipwreck on the rocky coast of their island. Roman poets placed them on some small islands called Sirenum scopuli. In some later, rationalized traditions, the literal geography of the "flowery" island of Anthemoessa, or Anthemusa, is fixed: sometimes on Cape Pelorum and at others in the islands known as the Sirenuse, near Paestum, or in Capreae. All such locations were surrounded by cliffs and rocks.

Wikipedia 2017

The Sirens