Mar 9, 2011

The Willow

On the grounds of the monastery in Rostrevor, County Down, Northern Ireland, we found these willow shelters charming and inviting.

The willow is a perfect fit for Ireland's moist, temperate climate. Did you know that in Northern Ireland the willow plant is being explored as a possible source of energy? Ireland imports most of its fuel. It's very expensive and the reason why most homes are kept cool. Looking at biofuel alternatives makes sense.

  • This project by school children sums up the uses of willow pretty well.
  • This blogger is growing willow on her property in Ireland.

The view from the willow shelter in Rostrevor.
The roof of the willow structure. Sitting on the bench and looking skyward is great for bird watching.
I would love to have something like this in my yard. How about you?


  1. Oh, lovely!
    What is the name of the monastery?

  2. Holy Cross.