Sometimes choosing the right fencing can be overwhelming and after searching for hours they can all start to look the same. There’s no need to stress however, as we are here to help. Whether you’re fencing on a budget or planning a grand design, our guide will point you in the right direction.

Fencing on a Budget

There’s one product that’s a holy grail for getting a lovely new fence on a budget and it’s the waneyedge fence panel. These panels are simple but sturdy as they are treated with a preservative and anti-fungicide. This will help protect your fence from insect infestation, fungal decay and rot. This means you’re getting a fence that will last you for years to come! The panels come in multiple colours, so whatever your style you can find something to suit you. With prices currently starting from £22.50, these panels are excellent value for money.

Fencing for Security

If security is your main concern then we have what you need. The type of fence panel you choose is a big factor. Our professional closeboard panel is our strongest panel. It is made with higher specification battens and capping and contains an extra featheredge board. For added security, why not add our security fence guards on top. These spiked fence toppers come in a two colours to help them blend in with your environment. Their shape makes the fence harder to climb over, hopefully discouraging potential intruders.

Fencing on a Grand Scale

If you want something a little bit more than just a standard fence panel, why not have a look at our decorative fencing range. This contains a selection of top quality continental panels. These panels are manufactured from profiled selected softwood boards encased in a morticed framework and are secured using stainless steel fixings. Also, due to their construction, the panels look the same from both sides, making them the ideal boundary between neighbours.

Choosing Natural Fencing

Sometimes traditional fence panels can look imposing, especially in smaller gardens. If your garden already has the natural look, traditional fencing may look out of place, but fear not – we have a product for you! Hazel hurdles are excellent for creating a sturdy border whilst also bringing more natural features into your outside space. All the wood used to create this beautiful woven effect is sustainably sourced too, so you’re doing your bit for the environment.

We have a wide range of fencing products for you to choose from in store and online. Hopefully this will make choosing the right fencing an easy task. Our friendly staff are always on hand to help you find what you are looking for. No matter what your request, we’re always happy to help.

Hazel Fencing – What Is It & Why Choose It For Your Garden Project?

Woven Hazel Fencing, also known as Hazel Hurdles, use an age-old weaving technique that creates a charming alternative to traditional fence panels.

Woven Hazel Fence Panels are sustainable, long-lasting, durable, versatile and easy to install and maintain. Aside from the practical benefits, these rustic style hurdles are sure to add a beautiful feature to any garden.

Find out all you need to know right here before purchasing your Hazel Hurdles from Grangewood Fencing.

Woven Hazel Fence Panels are Sustainable

The hurdles are manufactured using coppiced hazel – this is a pruning technique where the tree is cut to ground level, resulting in regeneration of the new stems from the base. Consequently the branches are trimmed from new growth only, which in turn stimulates further growth.

This makes the process highly sustainable and rejuvenates the tree for next years’ growth.

Additionally, using the ‘fresh’ branches from the Hazel tree means the wands are flexible and uniform, resulting in a fence panel that looks like a work of art.

The coppicing season for Hazel is from October through to mid-March, making it an ideal source of material ready for summer garden overhauls.

Woven Hazel Fence Panels are Long-Lasting

Woven hazel fencing can last up to 10 years!

Their structure is strong and rigid and allows wind to pass through, which reduces the risk of the fence being damaged by high winds.

As woven fence panels have been used since and are associated with the Neolithic period, they are now typically used within classic English gardens. However, they also bring a natural, eco-friendly divider to modern, urban landscapes.

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Woven Hazel Fence Panels are Durable and Versatile

Woven fences can be manufactured from both Willow or Hazel; the difference between the two is the thickness. Willow is typically around 1cm thick, whereas Hazel is thicker at approximately 2-3cm in diameter. The extra thickness that hazel boasts gives it an advantage when it comes to strength and durability.

Hazel Hurdles are versatile! They can be used for a range of applications within your garden including:

  • Boundary fencing
  • Screening
  • Partition walls
  • Support for climbing plants

Woven fences are ideal for both boundaries and for zoning areas of your garden. Their versatile structure enables them to be installed to shape and fit a curved area.

Woven Hazel Fence Panels are Easy to Install and Maintain

Hazel Woven Fences are easy to install. The usual installation process involves fixing wooden spiked fence posts into the ground. The hurdles are then placed along the wooden structures and affixed with heavy-duty wire or nails. It is not usually necessary to fix the posts into the ground with concrete as the relatively open structure of the panels allows wind to pass through.

How securely the structure will need to be affixed will be determined by the size and weight of the woven panels.

Can you cut hazel fencing to size?

It is not recommended that you cut hurdles to size as this can compromise the strength of the panel – it is also quite an arduous task! We recommend overlapping the panels where required, to enable them to fit the desired length.

Do you need to treat hazel fencing?

Hazel hurdles mature naturally over time to a beautiful grey and therefore do not need to be maintained or treated. However, if you would like to maintain the original colour you can use a clear preservative on the fence panels.

If there is anything else you’d like to know about our hazel fence panels, get in touch today and we’ll be happy to help!

Our Top Tips for Owning a Log Store

A well-made and cleverly designed log store ensures the most effective firewood. It can also become an attractive addition to any garden. The new range of outdoor log stores from Grangewood Fencing provides exactly that. They also come at an affordable price.

All of our stores are constructed using pressure treated timber which provides additional protection against rot and fungal attack. However, there are some things you should take into consideration when choosing storage for your firewood:

  • Does your log store need ventilation?
  • Should your store have doors and shelves?
  • Where is the best place to put a log store?

We answer all of these FAQs and more below. Of course, if there is anything else you’d like to know about outdoor log storage or our log stores, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to help.

Why use a log store for your firewood?

There are several benefits of owning a log store. The most important being that they ensure your firewood is kept dry. Keeping your logs dry means that you can get the most out of your wood. Burning logs that are not completely dried out will provide less heat and much more smoke.

Condensation can also be a problem as this can create a residue in your chimney which turns into sticky tar. Not only can this cause a blockage in your chimney, but it can also be dangerous. The sticky tar residue can break away and falls into the fire.

How does a log store keep your logs dry?

We’re no strangers to rain here in the UK. It makes sense that all of our outdoor log stores feature a sloping roof to ensure effective run-off of rain. An elevated base will provide a platform above the ground to prevent moisture from seeping in from below. Ventilation is also an imperative feature of a log store to avoid problems with humidity and mould growth. This is why all of our log stores have the option of slatted sides.

A Log Store with a Forward Sloping Roof, Shelves and Slatted Sides

Where is the best place to put your store?

Your store should be south-facing so that it benefits from the sun, preferably exposed to wind or a draft. All of these elements will ensure that your firewood has the best chance of staying dry and rot-free.

A level surface is also advised for your log store as it will become very heavy once full. An even surface will help to keep your store stable so as to avoid any danger of it tipping over.

Should I add doors and shelves to my store?

There are advantages and disadvantages to owning a log store with doors. Some people feel that doors help to create a tidy and more aesthetically pleasing area for your logs. Other people prefer the exposed look.

However, the appearance is just one consideration – you also need to take into account the practicalities involved. On one hand, doors will help to keep any wet weather directed at your firewood at bay. On the other hand, if moisture does get into your log store, doors may create a greenhouse effect. In warmer weather this could expedite mould growth and rot. If you do opt for doors, you may benefit from leaving them open sometimes during warmer weather. Ultimately, it will depend on how exposed to the elements your log store is. It is always advisable that you check the condition of your logs sporadically. Our log stores also come with an optional shelf which is ideal for storing your kindling.

Choose from our selection of log stores from Grangewood Fencing today, or contact us for further information – we’re always on hand to help!

Enhance Your Outdoor Space With Our New Range Of Pergola Kits

As we continue to expand our range of garden buildings, we are happy to announce that we now have a selection of high-quality, easy to assemble pergola kits available to purchase. With three different styles to choose from, you can be sure that you’ll find the perfect fit for your outdoor space.

All of our pergolas are constructed using pressure treated, exterior CLS grade Northern European Redwood. This ensures that they will stand the test of time, providing you with years of enjoyment.

With the warm weather officially here, this is the ideal time to create a stunning outdoor sitting area where you can relax, socialise and enjoy the sunshine. Need some help deciding which pergola is best for the space you have available? We’ll take you through the different features of the structures available, give you advice on location and answer some common FAQs.

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Choosing The Right Style from our Pergola Kits

It goes without saying that planning is key to ensuring you choose the right style of pergola for the space you have available. Take into consideration things such as:

  • Will your pergola be a lean-to or free-standing?
  • What foundation will your pergola be built on?
  • Do you need planning permission for your pergola?
  • What is the best location?

Lean-to or free-standing pergola kit?

Grangewood Fencing offers both lean-to and free-standing pergolas. Our lean-to pergolas enable you to expand your living space outdoors, creating an outdoor lounge/dining area attached to the house, ideal for family time. Alternatively, you can create a cosy feature away from the house with our premium freestanding pergola. This option is perfect for creating a private hideaway or a stunning focal feature for entertaining.

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What foundation will your pergola kit be built on?

None of our pergola kits require foundations so there is no need to worry about extra digging and materials. However, it is still beneficial to evaluate the placement of the structure to ensure it meets your requirements. Ideally, your pergola should be built on level ground, avoiding low-lying areas where water tends to pool.

You might also think about flooring – are you building on top of concrete slabs? Or perhaps straight onto grass? Grangewood also offers a pergola with decking, which comes in a choice of sizes and finishes to suit any project.

Do I need planning permission for a pergola?

While most pergolas are not considered to be permanent outdoor structures, some townships and municipalities limit the size allowed, so permission is sometimes required. As Grangewood Fencing offers a range of sizes, we always recommend checking for any restrictions before you get started.

What is the best location to build my pergola kit?

Aside from ground considerations, you might also benefit from assessing the surroundings and location of your structure. Do you have any immature trees that may protrude into your space or interfere with the flooring of your pergola as they grow? Does the location provide privacy (if that is your goal)? Is it easily accessible? These are all factors that will affect the end enjoyment of your pergola and are well worth considering.

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Find The Perfect Pergola Kit For Your Garden At Grangewood Fencing

Now you’ve taken everything into consideration, you’re all set to purchase your perfect pergola. If there is anything you’re unsure about or would like further advice on, we’re here to help. Contact us today for more information.

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