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Seven tips to help you put up timber fencing – the right way

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Whether you’re completing a full landscaping project or just looking for a change this summer, timber fencing can be an attractive way to border your land, keep your garden private and transform your outdoor living space.

Timber fencing

But there are a few things you need to do before you start putting up your timber fencing panels, so read our handy seven point checklist: 

1. Use high quality timber

As with anything you need to build it pays to source high quality materials, and timber fencing is no different. It’s going to look better and last longer. You’ll need timber that is fully certified and high pressure treated, as a minimum. 

2. Get organised with the right timber fencing accessories

It’s better to be 100% organised when starting a timber fencing job so make sure you have all the gate and fencing accessories you need before you make a start. This way you can work straight through rather than making multiple trips to the shop or waiting to have items delivered that you’ve ordered online. Think nails, cleats, springs, brackets etc. 

3. Inform your neighbours of your timber fencing plans

Your neighbours will need to know about your planned timber fencing work - it’ll affect their property if you start taking down shared fences. Discuss your plans with them so they know when the work will take place and how long their property will be affected.

4. Know your boundaries

To make sure you aren’t placing fencing on private or public land take a look at your house plans (probably stored with your deeds and land registry documents) to check where exactly your property runs to first. Then clearly mark out your boundary with your first posts, to prevent any creep occurring while you work. Remember, you will need planning permission if your fence is:

• Over 1 metre high and next to a highway used by vehicles (or the footpath of such a highway); or over 2 metres high elsewhere; or

• Your right to put up or alter fences, walls and gates is removed by an article 4 direction or a planning condition; or

• Your house is a listed building or in the curtilage of a listed building; or

•  The fence, wall or gate, or any other boundary involved, forms a boundary with a neighbouring listed building or its curtilage.



Why not seek advice first from a party wall surveyor – just to be on the safe side? 

5. Clear everything out

Don’t start fence work with loads of greenery and other outdoor paraphernalia in the way. Pot up the shrubs and plants that are by the fence and remove them from the area. Make sure your workspace is clean and free of any hazards or overhanging trees. 

6. Use the right tools and coatings

Check you’ve got all the equipment for finishing the job. You don’t want to down tools halfway through just because you haven’t got what you need. If you’re planning on brightening up your fence, use weatherproof paints and varnishes designed for use on outdoor materials. 

7. Plan when to do it

UK weather can be hugely temperamental so make sure you check the weather report the day before you start out. It can be very frustrating to start a timber fencing project  and then have to stop halfway through due to a downpour. 

Beaumont Forest offer outstanding materials for all your timber fencing needs. Our panels are built to a very high standard and are available as closeboard and overlap panelling in three to six foot heights.