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How do I map a willow plantation? The question is neighboring this one, but the main difference is that willows only grows a few meters high, up to ten or so (like this) before being cut for basketwork, and the whole land is clearcut regularly, making its appearance strongly vary in a matter of years, so the regular, heterogeneous appearance of landuse=forest seems far too different from the general appearance of the plantation to fit, but, then, how to map?

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asked 13 Nov '15, 13:08

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edited 13 Nov '15, 15:44

(13 Nov '15, 17:43) andy mackey

Hi Penegal, take a look here, practical a large plantation of willows or osier, Those osier fields are also used to make mattresses to cover the river bottom before adding stones to build dikes and embankments. Consider natural=wetland with landuse=farmland / forest, crop=osier, like Andy said. And no it’s not in OSM Wiki. But Wikipedia has some words for that kind of fields as willow scrub. I tend to natural=scrub, but scrub or wetland dont match with natural together.

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answered 13 Nov '15, 21:57

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According to OSM Wiki I would tag it as:

  • natural = wood
  • managed = yes
  • landuse = forest
  • leaf_cycle = deciduous
  • crop = willow

I hope that helps.

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answered 14 Nov '15, 22:09

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Don't use natural=wood and landuse=forest on the same element. They mean two different things. A willow plantation is definitely landuse=forest. Also in my opinion managed=yes is already implicitly contained in the definition of landuse=forest.

(15 Nov '15, 08:27) scai ♦

Unfortunately, wood and forest mapping in OpenStreetMap is confused (essentially, different users use the same tag to mean different things). See for details.

(15 Nov '15, 13:06) SomeoneElse ♦

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