TQ2177 : Old osier bed on Chiswick Eyot

taken 8 years ago, near to Chiswick, Hounslow, Great Britain

Old osier bed on Chiswick Eyot
Old osier bed on Chiswick Eyot
If you look at any 19th century OS map of one of the wetter parts of southern England you will find the words 'osier beds'. This was once a widespread land-use, but I confess this is the only recognisable survival I've ever seen. Osiers were small willows grown in wet situations, managed so that their shoots could be cut once a year for basket making. In earlier centuries market gardening was important in this area, produce being sent to London in locally made baskets. These days the Eyot is a nature reserve, and an effort is being made to maintain the osier 'holt' in something like its former condition.

You can walk across to the Eyot at low tide, but you need good boots - and even then you can't avoid getting muddy. In this shot the ground looks dry, but most of the island was covered in a fresh layer of mud, left by a recent high tide.

For a view of the Eyot from the Thames shore see: TQ2177 : The Thames at Chiswick at low tide, looking downstream towards the Eyot
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Date Taken
Thursday, 13 January, 2011   (more nearby)
Friday, 14 January, 2011
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 218 779 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:29.2477N 0:14.7508W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 219 779
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West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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