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English Heritage chairman Sir Jocelyn Stevens has launched a new guidance note called Thatch and Thatching to advise architects, surveyors, home owners and conservation officers on good practice. eh is also encouraging research, and initiatives to grow different straw varieties, and is looking at setting up a group to promote better understanding of the subject. It will also encourage councils to develop a better understanding of the tradition. All but 6000 of the 30,000 thatched buildings in England are listed.

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