Frankly, it's remarkable to be spending one's working days perfecting a traditional craft that dates back 4,500 years to the Bronze Age. I ask Glen Holloway whether the thatching trade is finally in decline. "No, it's picking up again because of all the new-builds."
The new-builds? Surely this is the last place you'd find thatched cottages? Not in Dorset. "If someone wants to build a complex of 10 houses, in order to get planning permission they'd probably have to do three or four in thatch to blend in," he says.
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