Ways with willow - A Wisley Trainee's work - Rohanna Heyes.

Willow is a common thing, so common often we do not know it when we see it. It makes up a green periphery, growing in unkempt lands, on verges, swamplands, the back of beyo nd where it blends in to the landscape quietly as if it had nothing to say. In the aptly titled book Willows (1972) Warren-Wren says: “willow is the Cinderella of the arboreal and horticultural scene, that has waited over an aeon of time for a fairy godmother to grant her wish to go to the ball”. Certainly willow has lived through the ages, through ice ages, a real pioneer, some 400 species of the genus are spread almost entirely across the globe excepting Antarctica and Australasia (where it has since been introduced). Long it has been used by working hands to fashion useful objects, while more recent applications further allude to this genus’s vast usefulness: land drainage, bio remediation, bio filtration, bio engineering and fuel production.

 

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