The National Thatching Straw Growers Association



The National Thatching Straw Growers Association was formed, by a small group of growers of thatching straw, in the autumn 2010, with a few objectives in mind.  We wanted to establish a forum for growers all over the country to share experience and innovation, to have a united voice to speak up for and promote our industry and products, and to be a focus for research and development.  We want the Association to enable and maintain the highest standards of straw growing, and a healthy industry for us all.

The Association was launched at the Annual General Meeting in May 2011.  We are excited by the prospect of welcoming members from all the straw growing regions, who grow on any scale, and with all levels of experience. For minutes of the AGMs, please click here. To apply for membership, please click here.

News of our progress, and the dates and locations of meetings will be posted at  along with the aims and constitution.  If you do not have internet access, please contact the secretary who will be pleased to post information as it becomes available.

The NTSGA has recently been awarded funding by English Heritage to conduct trials on 
 6 thatching straw varieties. Full details of the project can be found by clicking on 'Projects'.

A number of growers from the eastern region signed up with Adapt UEA, Norwich for European business support to draw up a report mechanism to obtain accreditation BREEAM for thatching straw through BRE (British research establishment). Further information can be found  here.

Photograph of founding growers

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