This early introduction to the business gave him an insight from the bottom up and he still fondly remembers those days when his main tasks were clearing rubbish but at the same time learning the groundwork of the trade at weekends and in the school holidays.
The following year Paul left school and went straight into thatching and proceeded to learn his craft, mainly
in West Sussex, but also working in Kent, Surrey and Norfolk which gave him an education in different regional styles.
In 1992 Paul set up Paul Burchell Thatching Ltd and since then the company has flourished, again mainly in West Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire. There have been excursions elsewhere and the firm has completed contracts as far away as America, Europe and the Channel Islands.
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