SPAB Scotland Thatch Calendar 2017
The 2017 SPAB Scotland thatch calendar celebrates Scotland’s rich thatching heritage, showcasing photographs taken as part of a Survey on Thatch Buildings in Scotland in 2014 and 2015. For this calendar twelve beautiful and special buildings have been selected: from the Shetland Islands to Dumfries and Galloway and from Na h-Eileanan Siar to Fife. These garden follies, cottages and croft and town houses show how Scots have used the plant material locally available, such as heather, marram grass, reed, rush, straw and turf. The variety of materials used is fascinating and absolutely wonderful – worthy of protection!
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A Survey of Thatched Buildings in Scotland
Scotland has a long tradition of using thatch, and one of the most diverse ranges of thatching materials and techniques found in Europe. In some parts of the country the local traditions of thatching continued until the beginning of the 20th century. However, since then, thatched buildings have largely disappeared from the rural landscape in many parts of Scotland. This survey is the essential first step in identifying the type and quality of thatched buildings which remain, so that skills and resources can be directed most effectively.
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SPAB Scotland Committee: can you spare some time?
The SPAB Scotland Committee would very much like to hear from anyone interested in joining. The committee generally meets quarterly, usually in Edinburgh or as part of one of the events organised for members and public. It’s a great time to get involved as there are some exciting new ideas in the pipeline.
If you feel you might have something to contribute, and are able to volunteer some time then please get in touch to find out how your skills might be used.
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