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The Osiers

A mixture of Oak, Sycamore, Hornbeam and Ash, this wood has a dense canopy and the usual ground flora of the park's woodlands. It is the best place in the park to see the Yellow Archangel. The margins of the wood have a good showing of Hawthorn and along the riverbank you can find Hazel and Alder.
Once a very peaceful spot the bird song is now virtually drowned out by the noise from the M25. No longer a pleasant place to sit unless the M25 has come to a halt, an event that seems to occur with ever increasing regularity. As they say, every cloud has a silver lining.

It always puzzled me as to why this wood was called The Osiers because there are no Osiers (willows) in there, neither were there ever likely to have been, it is pretty dry. An old map revealed the truth, it was known as Hosier's in early days. Named after an early owner, mystery explained.

N.B. That this woodland first appears on a 1633 map as Hoses grone (woodland) in subsequent maps it sometimes appears and then not. Maybe it was too inconsequential to map or possibly it was clear felled and replanted. It does not appear to hold trees as old as 400 years. It is not shown on the 1805 Ordnance Survey map. All the other local woods are shown.

Below: Yellow Archangel. photo Patrick Smith

Below: A field of flax with the Osiers in the background and the walled garden out of view on the right. photo Dave Samson

Below: The Osiers in spring time. photo Gaynor

Below The Osiers in Spring. Photo Dave Sampson