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The Ultimate Garden Fencing Guide

Posted on August 13,2020 by Charlie Stimpson.

If you’re ready to install new garden fencing, you may have one or two questions. Which garden fence is yours? What type of fencing should you go for? And how high can your garden fencing be?

The answer to all of these questions and more can be found below, in our ultimate guide to garden fencing!

Which Garden Fence is Mine?

Many people believe that fence ownership comes down to something as simple as the left or right hand side of your garden. However, this is actually not true, and can’t be relied upon when it comes to replacing your garden fencing.

To be entirely sure of which fence is yours, you’ll need to check the title deeds of your house. You may have a copy of these, or you may need to access them via the Land Registry, which costs a small fee. When looking at the plans, the ownership is indicated by a ‘T’ marked on the one side of a boundary; if the ‘T’ is written on your side of the boundary, then you’re responsible for the fence’s maintenance.

Sometimes, you’ll see what looks like an ‘H’ written on the boundary (although actually it’s two ‘Ts’ joined together), and this indicates joint responsibility between yourself and your neighbour over the fence maintenance. In this case, you should always approach your neighbour before making any changes or alterations to your garden fencing.

Which Garden Fence is the Best?

The answer to this question really depends on what you require from your fencing. Are you looking for privacy? If so, high fence panels and close board fencing is a great option to keep prying eyes out. Do you want to allow some light and air through and are using the fencing simply as a boundary marker? Then picket fencing and trellis toppers could be a good choice for you.

There is so much choice when it comes to fencing, it’s wise to talk to specialist garden fencing contractors about the choices available and how they are usually used so that you can choose something fit for purpose.

How High can my Garden Fencing be?

How high your garden fencing can be and whether planning permission is required depends on where it is sited. For example, if your garden fencing fronts a road, a footpath or a public highway, you will need planning permission if it is more than 1 metre high.

If your fence does not run adjacent to a road or footpath (for example, in a back garden) then the maximum height your fencing can be without requiring planning permission is 2 metres. This includes any trellis topper on top of your fence panel.

And if you live in a Conservation Area or a historically listed building, then you will need to apply for planning permission for almost all alterations you wish to make to your garden fencing, so it’s best to check these with your Local Authority before commencing work.

Why Should I Paint a Garden Fence?

Once your fence has been installed, remember that regular maintenance will be required to ensure that it continues to look its best. This means regularly clearing debris and cleaning your fence panels, and, of course, painting or staining it to protect it from the elements.

Using a fence paint or a stain will not only transform your fencing in terms of its colour, but it will also protect it against the sun and the rain, giving your new fencing longevity.

Our Ultimate Garden Fencing Tip? Talk to D&G Fencing.

Whether you’re looking for garden fencing to keep pets in/wildlife out, want something to spruce up your garden or want some added security against intruders, D&G Fencing can help. We have plenty of experience in installing fencing for a variety of reasons across Hornchurch, Upminster and Brentwood. Get in contact today and let us bring you the ultimate in garden fencing.