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Pictured: Rosalind, 9, (front) swims the Rush up the river<br />
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Teaching new generations the centuries-old tradition of rush harvesting<br />
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A craftswoman has roped in her two daughters to carry on the centuries-old tradition of rush harvesting.<br />
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Sarah Le Breton was ably assisted by Nellie, 13, and Rosalind, 9, in tackling a 'bumper harvest' on the River Isle in the Somerset Levels.<br />
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They waded into the water and used a sickle to cut the 10ft freshwater plants, which were then sorted into bolts (bundles) and carried home.<br />
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The rush they collected - a substantial nine bolts worth - will be used to fashion intricate baskets, chair seats and sculptures in her Devon workshop.<br />
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The rush harvest lasts a few weeks each summer, with enough needing to be collected to last the year. Sarah, 44, a member of the Heritage Crafts Association, said she wants to preserve the tradition, whose origins date back to the 17th century, for future generations.