Wordless Wednesday – Beds of Norfolk Reed


One of the most arresting sights on the North Norfolk coast, at this stormy time of year, are swathes of common reed, Phragmites australis, bucking and surging in the wind. The reed beds are just one of the components that make up the beautiful, dynamic, but fragile Norfolk coastline. 


Seaward of the picturesque village of Cley next the Sea, reed beds have been cropped  for use in thatching for centuries. Winter cutting season runs from December to April. It keeps the reed beds strong, healthy and free from scrub.


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6 Responses to Wordless Wednesday – Beds of Norfolk Reed

  1. Cathy says:

    A glorious sight, and I recognized Cley immediately! 😃 We used to spend every holiday and long weekend possible in a caravan up the road in Blakeney when I was a child, and my family still go to Cley or Blakeney regularly. In fact they were all together in one of those big cottages next to the windmill last September. (Sadly I couldn’t join them for obvious reasons). So thanks for sharing!

    • We were staying in Blakeney on this trip. How lucky you were! It’s a delightful place to explore. Sorry you missed your family’s recent September trip though. Whereas, as children, we used to regularly holiday in caravan parks round the corner (near Great Yarmouth). I prefer your choice! 🙂

  2. Eliza Waters says:

    What a lovely photo, the windmill adds so much atmosphere to the shot. 🙂

  3. shoreacres says:

    Are the reeds there native? They must be. Here, there are several subspecies that are a mix of native and non-native. plants. They’re beautiful, but the Phragmites australis has displaced our native Phragmites in many places. Maybe we need to start thatching our roofs!

    • Yes, native according to what I can find. Re. thatching roofs: Maybe not … The fire risks are very high. I live in a thatched house and while it looks pretty, I would never buy one again. The insurance costs and conditions to meet are expensive and rigorous.

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