My elder sister emailed me this copy of this article that appeared in "The Telegraph", an English newspaper last year. She visited "The Willow Man" herself last summer. She does not think I should try to emulate him and grow 40 foot high scultures of living willow in my suburban Ottawa garden!
The willow man grows his own willow in "withies" as well as growing willow to make living sculptures. At the entrance to his nursery is a wonderful sculpture of St. George slaying a dragon, and on the other side of the entranceway is a living sculpture of a stag. The article here states that sculpture is so lifelike that hinds (femal deer) nuzzle up to it in the rut season.
The article seems to suggest there is a craze in England for gardeners to grow their own willow arbours and to fashion living willow sculptures. Could this craze sweep through North America?
ADDENDUM: Anne just found this story on the net. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/943715.stm
The willow man in the BBC article was created by sculptress Serena de la Hey and is quite distinct from the sculptures created by the person in the Telegraph article.