CANAPE aims to create resilient ecosystems where the management can be sustained long into the future and is underpinned by the use of renewable resources, such as reed biomass or lake sediment to build economic, natural and social capital. The project partnership includes public, private and voluntary sector organisations based in the United Kingdom, Denmark, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.
Dried reed has for many years been used as a roofing material. However only the highest qualities of reed can be used as thatch. Reed that has a natural curl or other deformities has less value and less potential as a product.
Within the CANAPE project, there are two areas of experiment for the use of reed. At our Horsey Wetland Farm, we are trialling the establishment of new commercial standard reedbeds as one of the two crops trialled. If successful, this could offer a new area for harvest by reed cutters within the Broad, and offer an agricultural product with a ready market. The UK currently imports 95% of its reed with a high associated carbon footprint for transport. Locally produced reed provides local employment and reduces the associated transport emissions. For more information about this project visit: