Timber Fencing

Date Published

14 August 2022

Document Type




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.

Key Information

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.

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Case studies

The building follows the form of a pair of railway carriages; their long single-storey shapes with gently arched roofs are linked by a lower roof and one of the pair is set further back from the other, as if they were passing on different tracks.

Simpson & Brown Architects has designed a new visitor centre for English Heritage, using timber to create its principal space, a light-filled arcaded hall of tall glulam arches, reflecting the characteristic columns and pointed arches of the Gothic ruins.