Culture: Dwindling tale of the riverbank.
Reed cutter Eric Edwards at work on the banks of the river at How
Hill on the Norfolk Broads. Eric is one of just 15 reed cutters left in
the region and it is feared the ancient craft, which supplies the reeds
for roof thatchers, will die out through global warming and foreign
imports. Rising sea levels have made the reed beds wetter and more
difficult to harvest and cheaper imports from countries such as Turkey
could force the skill to dwindle out of existence