Willow cuttings available for sale from Fifesmallholder
Salix Viminalis – very fast growing and ideal for firewood etc.
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Our willows can be used for different purposes
- for rough and fine basket work,
- for windbreaks, living & garden structures,
- for short rotation coppicing for biomass/ -fuel,
- for soil & river bank stabilisation,
- for rustic fencing panels (wattles)
- for hedging and also simply as ornamental plants
- to adorn your garden or to be used in flower arrangements.
Benefits of willow
Properties of Willow
Willows will grow in a range of habitats and survives in most localities. In soil of pH 6.0 – 8.0 Most soil types. Most topography.
There are species of Willow, which are adapted to different conditions:
S. alba – low lying conditions
S. fragilis – river bank
S. herbacea – mountains Scotland
S. repens – colonises sand dunes
Country folk have been familiar with the healing properties of willow for a long time. They made an infusion from the bitter bark as a remedy for colds and fevers, and to treat inflammatory conditions such as rheumatism. Young willow twigs were also chewed to relieve pain. In the early nineteenth century modern science isolated the active ingredient responsible, salicylic acid, which was also found in the meadowsweet plant. From this the world’s first synthetic drug, acetylasylic acid, was developed and marketed as Aspirin, named after the old botanical name for meadowsweet, Spirea ulmaria.
Willow is a good supplementary feed for sheep and lambs, it also helps them cope/expel/resist worms.
Willow links with Scottish place names
The Gaelic words for willow are shellach, or suil, and feature in Scottish place names such as Achnashellach in Ross-shire, Glensuileag in Inverness-shire and Corrieshalloch on Speyside. These names would have referred to both the presence of willow and the attendant industries utilising the willow’s gifts.
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