Timber fencing

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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.



  • Design considerations
  • Specification
  • Durability and preservation
  • Erection and workmanship
  • Inspection and maintenance
  • Further reading


For queries about this technical document, please get in touch with its authors via BM TRADA’s Technical Helpline on +44 (0)1494 569601 or email timberadvice@bmtrada.com.


A paper/digital copy of this Wood Information Sheet is available in the BM TRADA Bookshop, which also hosts additional specialist timber publications.

Suggested Reading

Maintenance treatments for external timbernavigation-arrow

The maintenance of external timber commonly serves two purposes: the continuation of certain performance requirements and/or the continuation of a desired visual appearance.

This sheet provides guidance on the use and maintenance of timber finishes in external environments. It offers a number of best practice suggestions on the available...

01/01/2012 |  Choose and Use  

Finishes for external timbernavigation-arrow

Timber that has no protective finish will often weather to an attractive appearance. However, in many situations, it is necessary to specify a protective finish. Appearance is often the main reason for specifying a finish, but other characteristics are important too.

The technology behind protective finishes moves rapidly...

27/04/2022 |  Wood Information Sheet  

How do you specify preservative-treated wood?navigation-arrow

Gordon Ewbank emphasises the importance of accuracy in achieving the desired service life for timber.


Article from Timber 2021 Industry Yearbook


15/09/2021 |  Magazine Article