The winding of the willows at Cow Hollow Wood

Innovative living bridge developed by a team including Cambridge students and Sidney architect Michael Ramage

A beautiful and functional living willow bridge has recently been built to span a ditch in Cow Hollow Wood, Waterbeach, following a collaborative project between the Woodland Trust and the Department of Architecture

Designed and installed by a team including Sidney architect Michael Ramage, the bridge was built by weaving together locally coppiced white willow and osier. The work included 175 hours of volunteer work, much of it from Cambridge Architecture students who also played an integral part in the design process.

Handrails will soon be installed, and the bridge will be complete - free from any concrete or metal.

You can read more about the project by visiting the websites of the Department of Architecture and Smith and Wallwork engineers.

This is an archived news story, first posted in 2013.

For further information please contact the Fellow Communications Officer, Dr Tom Lambert (FellowCommunicationsOfficer@sid.cam.ac.uk)

News item posted Sunday, 3rd May 2015

  • Willow bridge (courtesy of MHR)
  • Willow bridge (courtesy of MHR)