Conservation thatch- Dominic Meek Master Thatcher

There are currently around 3,000 listed thatched properties in East Anglia. Therefore, replacing worn roofs and ridges is a large part of my work.

In the case of listed properties, roofing materials must be replaced on a like-for-like basis. This helps preserve the United Kingdom's rich heritage of ancient buildings and maintains each area's distinct character.

At the same time, precious traditions and skills – including reed harvesting and long straw growing – are prevented from being lost forever.

All the materials I use I prepare in the traditional manner, including my straw 'yealms.' These large straw 'tiles' – each painstakingly produced by hand – are the secret to long straw thatch's beautiful and classic 'soft' appearance.

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