Ideally I’d love either a wall around my garden or it to be enclosed by a natural hedge but both options are impossible as I don’t have the space so we are enclosed by various types of fencing instead.
The erection of most garden fences does not require you to seek planning permission however in some cases this is necessary. Generally speaking if your fence adjoins a highway used by vehicles you will need planning permission to build higher than one metre and in most other cases you would need planning permission to erect a fence higher than two metres. For more information click here.
The term fencing is usually used to describe a freestanding structure which has been erected to prevent access across a boundary. This type of fence is usually referred to as a perimeter fence.
Some perimeter fencing is solid offering a degree of privacy whilst other types of fencing are open and do not restrict the view though. Heights will also vary depending on how much privacy you require
Before choosing a fence it is important to consider the position and purpose you need it to fulfil.
Also bear in mind that a solid fence offers greater resistance to wind and will be more vulnerable in gales.
You should also bear in mind what type of posts you will use and how you will fix these into the ground.
When we first moved into our house we used concrete to set posts in position but then decided that metaposts were a better option for us. These are metal spikes that hammer into the ground. The fence post fits into the top of the spike at ground level. When using metaposts, you can buy shorter posts.
Some metaposts have a spike that is pushed into the ground and others bolt to a solid surface.
Some fencing is available that has a built in trellis along the top edge. This gives height without being solid to the top.
Alternatively you can add a trellis to the top of a solid fence panel.
For a more open effect you could choose trellis panels. This type of panel is useful if you wish to divide up your garden or screen off an area. Climbers can be grown up the trellis to add height to the garden.
We use willow screening in our garden as we think this gives a more natural backdrop to our plants. To be honest some of it was also erected to hide neighbours fencing too. We’ve used a mixture of screening panels and rolls of willow attached to a framework
There are various types of screening available such as bamboo, willow, rush, reed and bark strip.