This is the website for the North Norfolk Reed Cutters Association, the organisation that represents the cutters that manage the reed beds of the North Norfolk Coast and the Broads Reed and Sedge Cutters Association which represents cutters working in the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads.
There is a history of reed cutting along the North
Norfolk coast that goes back centuries with reed cutting playing
a very important part of the longshore economy. This seasonal work
helped to bring in much needed income during the harshest time
of the year when rough seas meant dangerous fishing and there was
not much work on the land. Similarly in the Broads, reed cutting was one of the very few opportunities to obtain income locally during the winter months.
The Reed cutting industry survives to this day, with reed cutters
a regular sight along the marshes of North Norfolk and throughout the Broads during the winter
Most of the current North Norfolk cutters started their cutting
career at Cley on the Norfolk Wildlife Trust reserve before branching
out and restoring other beds along the coast. Now reed is again
being cut at many different sites along the coast as it was in
This webside, essential equipment for The North Norfolk Reedcutters Association, including a cutter, quad bike
and trailer, and two display boards were made possible by a grant
from the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Sustainable
Support was also provided by the Norfolk Rural Community Council.
The Broads Reed and Sedge Cutters Association have had funding from the Broads Authority administered Sustainable Development Fund and also from the Broads and Rivers Leader+ Programme
The Prince's Countryside Fund is supporting a 3 year project, "Securing Futures: Broads Reed & Sedge Cutters" which will provide funding for training our younger members and some equipment to improve access.