Reprint from the Thatchers Standard No.8 spring 2005.
A NOTE ON THE SUBJECT FROM MARJORIE SANDERS
In 2005 the artisans with the best information and knowledge regarding cereal straw for thatching are firstly Thatchers who grow their own material followed by suppliers who grow on contract to meet the needs of Thatchers. This group supply to meet local needs and adapt production to maintain standards and profitability. Through the conduct of their daily business it is these people who maintain records of the performance and durability of cereal derived thatching material in their area. It is their voice that should be heard when policy decisions are being made relating to the proliferation and provenance of wheat reed for thatching.