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We are a specialist producer of Traditional Long Straw, suitable for the traditional crafts of Thatching and Corn Dolly making. We are situated in the Waveney Valley, in the heart of East Anglia's traditional area for long strawed thatched roofs. A close liaison has been built up with a number of well known thatchers so that we can produce the end product that closely matches the need of traditional buildings.

Unlike farmers looking for diversification, we are only interested in growing and harvesting long straw. We use the older varieties of wheat, grown with only the minimum of artificial fertilisers. Just enough to give the new crop a good start at drilling is usually all it gets. Herbicides and Fungicides are used so that you get a clean yealm, ready for use.

Again, because we are only interested in the straw, the crop is harvested only at the right time. We do not use adapted combines, round balers or other machines that crush or damage the crop, or compromise the straw quality to harvest the grain. The wheat is cut with a binder, and the shocks are left in the field to dry and mature to at least two weeks.

The straw is further allowed to mature in the stack for over six weeks before being thrashed carefully to separate the grain. At this time, the straw sample is constantly monitored for quality, and to see that the thrashing process extracts all the grain without damaging the straw. Exiting the drum, the clean straw is tied with a double tie trusser, ready for delivery or collection. Thrashed product is always stored under cover.

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Tunbeck Farm
Tunbeck Road, Wortwell, Harleston, Norfolk IP20 0HP
Tel/Fax: 01986 788209

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