Our Material - Reed
Reed is a strong grass which grows along riverbanks or marshy areas growing to a height of about seven feet with feathery heads. In the summer time it is a red colour which fades to a silvery blond in the winter months when wild birds flock to the wetlands to nest.
Reeds were once used to make arrows and were sacred to the Sun God and Moon Goddess.
The Norfolk Broads is one of its last natural habitats. Here it is grown and cut annually during the winter months. It is harvested primarily for thatching due to its strong, durable qualities. Reed is very long lived in both thatching and as a fencing material. This is one of the reasons – apart from its beautiful colour – that we use reed in our fencing panels. It is also an insulator as well as being a natural windbreak with the wind blowing easily through rather than against the reeds.