When in leaf, living green tunnels offer natural shade and shelter from the sun and wind. The leaf cover creates a peaceful green dappled hue in high sunshine. The interesting natural shapes created and the organisms & minibeasts that choose to make it home stimulate observations, questions and investigations which spark learning and play.
Willow is commonly used for green tunnels and can be combined with pathways to create willow labyrinths.
Green tunnels are cultivated from plants and require nurturing. To form the tunnel, plants are grown in parallel lines, and once they reach the required height, are tied or woven together. Although green tunnels take time to grow, once established they provide an engaging and inviting space that supports biodiversity, connecting children to nature and the myriad of associated physical and mental health benefits.
Thank you to Narelle Debenham from Natured Kids from Australia for the photograph.