In Holland it is said that approximately 2,500 new thatch buildings are built each year – more new than anywhere else in Europe.
Holland is also unique in that many of these buildings are commercial and residential buildings and as well as the roofs being thatched the walls are also clad in thatch. Please visit www.riet.com and go to the section on cladding.
This office building is in Formby, Lancashire and is a fantastic example of just what can be achieved with thatch; the work was completed in about three weeks by a 5 man thatching team from Holland.
To help with maintenance Dutch thatch ridges are fitted with clay tiles or sheets of metal thereby eliminating the 10-15 year cycle of re-ridging work that has to be carried out to UK straw ridges.
We at Master Thatchers believe that if thatching is to flourish within the UK more new build thatch has to be done as in Holland and whilst there will always be a tradition of vernacular straw thatching more thought needs to be put into eliminating maintenance issues and using thatch as a modern building product.