Keep­ing cool this sum­mer is made easy

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION - by Nick Cullen

PUPILS at Willes­bor­ough In­fant School will be able to keep cool this sum­mer – in igloos made of wil­low. The struc­tures are made of live wil­low canes planted in the ground and twisted into the shape of an igloo, pro­vid­ing a shel­ter which con­tin­ues to grow. Wil­low sculp­tor John Waller vis­ited Willes­bor­ough In­fant School to help the chil­dren plant and con­struct their own shel­ters. Teach­ing as­sis­tant Shirley Friend said: “Our school is part of the Eco School project, which pro­motes and ac­tively par­tic­i­pates in ed­u­cat­ing the chil­dren about the world around them, and how their ac­tions im­pact on them­selves. “It was very ex­cit­ing for the chil­dren to see the igloos evolve over the hours. “Now they are com­plete they not only add to our out­side en­vi­ron­ment but be­cause they are liv­ing struc­tures, they will change over the sea­sons, and even­tu­ally the years. “They will pro­vide shade in the sum­mer, and we hope they will also en­cour­age a nat­u­ral habi­tat for wildlife and in­sects, and al­low the chil­dren to see birds.”


Me­gan Smith and Eleanor Mitchell check the strength of one of the igloos

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Some of the chil­dren who helped to make igloos with wil­low sculp­tor John Waller

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Chil­dren inside one of the school’s new wil­low igloos

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