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Thatching Advice

Thatch is a traditional roofing material in many parts of England with rich regional traditions and roofs of considerable antiquity still survive.

There have been problems with the supply of thatch and the way it is applied for decades. And the lack of an agreed history and the difficulty of the planning system in dealing with thatched buildings are also cause for concern.

Conserving the legacy of thatch roofing requires a policy that recognises regional diversity, sustains materials and techniques, conserves the character of the area and protects roofs of archaeological importance. 

Thatch and Thatching: a guidance note

Thatch and Thatching: a guidance note

Published 1 June 2000

Thatch is a characteristic vernacular material in many parts of England. Roofs of considerable antiquity may survive. Difficulties of supply and application have beset it for decades. This publication presents guidance on its repair and maintenance.

What is covered in the guidance?

This advice note provides guidance on its repair and maintenance and includes:

  • History of thatch
  • Types of thatch
  • Conservation and maintenance
  • Building regulations, fire and safety
  • Developing thatching policies
  • Addressing thatching issues

Appendices provide guidance on sources of professional advice, thatching design and methods, and undertaking research on thatch.

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