Worthing nursery unveils living willow play dome

Field Place First School nursery children have had a living willow play structure built

Field Place First School nursery children have had a living willow play structure built

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A WORTHING nursery has come up with an eco-friendly solution to providing an outside play space for its children.

The nursery class at Field Place First School in Nelson Road, Worthing, has officially unveiled its living willow dome and tunnel.

Built from a living willow tree, the structure is already sprouting and is being used by the 52 children in the nursery.

Nursery teacher Kim Davidge said: “Staff wanted to have a permanent structure to offer the children an adaptable space to use for their play,

“It can also offer them a cosy space where they can share their ideas.

“We chose it because we wanted to keep our garden as natural as possible.

“This dome does both those things.”

The dome’s planting was initially undertaken by the school’s eco club.

Then, the more complex weaving and strengthening work was finished off by the nursery staff team.

And already, the maintenance of the dome has been incorporated into the nursry children’s learning.

So far, thay have been involved with preparing the space for the dome by digging over the soil and weeding it, and have also been keeping it watered.

Kim added: “We hope it will be here for years to come.”