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Draper's Osier Bed Stream
Country England
Counties Berkshire
Districts / Boroughs Theale Parish
Physical characteristics
Main source River Kennet, Sulhamstead, Berkshire, United Kingdom
River mouth River Kennet, Theale, Berkshire, United Kingdom

Draper's Osier Bed Stream is a small stream in southern England, in the county of Berkshire. It is formed at a weir on a section of the River Kennet running alongside the Kennet and Avon Canal, and travels east for a while, before merging with the Kennet upstream of the head of the Holy Brook stream.

An osier bed is where historically willows were planted and coppiced to produce withies which were used for basket making, fish-traps, and other purposes. The willow species salix viminalis was typically grown for this purpose. Willow rods (cuttings) would be planted, which root easily in moist ground, and the growth of the willow withies would be cut every one or two years.

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