Timber has proved to be a particularly suitable material for a wide range of domestic and commercial fencing applications throughout the UK. Easily worked and readily available in a variety of types, shapes and sizes, it can last longer and perform better than many alternative materials – either in its natural form or with wood preservative treatment.
Fences are available in many forms and serve many purposes; examples include boundaries, containment of livestock, windbreaks and noise barriers. Fencing is a major use of British grown timber, with a strong market for small round wood thinning (from plantations).
This Wood Information Sheet (WIS) discusses some of the more important factors to consider when constructing new or replacing existing fencing. It is primarily concerned with the compliance of timber fences with the relevant parts of BS 1722 – Fences.
Fencing accounts for a significant amount of UK’s timber consumption, including home grown species.
Timber’s versatility, strength, durability ans sustainability contribute to its suitability as a fencing material.