The people you meet in the river…

We were delighted to film with the BBC Countryfile team and have the chance to work with John Craven, director Joanne Grace and the superb camera, sound and research crew!

The BBC team were with us for a whole day in June to film a feature for the Summer Special; we were in the river for 5 hours and then back at the workshop for another four hours. It was a long but exhilarating day! We wanted to emphasise the sustainability of our work, and the knock on benefits to the river and its users – as a company we harvest a beautiful raw material, yet by harvesting we also help to maintain the river course by clearing the channel of the rush and weed that blocks the channel creating a hazard for wildlife and people alike.

Our jobs already offer an amazing level of satisfaction when you see a bundle of rushes transform into a beautiful carpet and basket; to be able to watch those rushes grow and then harvest them in our local river is the icing on the cake. Then to be filmed by the BBC and watch it back on such a fantastic show as Countryfile…well that’s truly having your iced cake and getting to eat it too!  We feel lucky rush weavers indeed!

Catch the film on the Countryfile Summer Special on Sunday 31st July @ 7pm!

Harvesting with John Craven

English bulrushes

In collaboration with the Environment Agency, the Broads Authority, the Waveney River Trust, and local landowners, we are proud to say that English bulrushes are back at Waveney Rush.  Following a couple of ‘test’ years we are delighted to be harvesting English bulrush once again in the River Waveney and hope that we can build on recent progress to ensure that the rush beds are managed in a sustainable way that safeguards their future potential, whilst protecting the natural river course, benefiting the indigenous wildlife, and improving accessibility for other river users.

Happy New Year

As the workshop re-opens after the festive period, we look forward to a busy year of collaboration and hard work.  We also take time to reflect on a fantastic 2014 that featured a successful English rush harvest, and a diverse range of projects drawn from all corners of the globe.   To our delight, 2015 begins as 2014 ended: busy, busy, busy!  We look forward to keeping you updated via our website and our blog.

Happy 2015!