Hurdles & Fencing
As seen on "The Alan Titchmarsh Show" Jim demonstrated and discussed the manufacture of our willow hurdles.
Hurdles and Fencing - Hurdles have been used to fence off areas or cattle for thousands of years. They also provided the structure for ancient round houses, were used in medieval warfare as defensive devices and are now the being revived in the garden and landscape at large, being both incredibly strong against the elements and sympathetic to the natural environment. Hurdles were once common place, made by skilled woodman from coppiced woodlands. Now sadly they are made rare by the fact that few skilled makers now exist and few coppiced woodlands are left standing. Apart from being an environmentally sustainable and beautiful hand made product, hurdles are also popular due to their strength and functionality. Most machine made fences will act as a funnel, causing the wind to gush in concentrated areas at them, which causes so many to be blown down in strong gusts. Hurdles have natural gaps between the weave, allowing wind to blow through them rather than at them, diffusing its force right across the hurdle evenly. We install our hurdles with rustic chestnut posts, these are not only in keeping with the look of the hurdle, they provide great strength and longevity. The posts are cemented two feet into the ground and are put behind the hurdles so that the hurdles butt up together to create a seamless line. Optional extras for your hurdles include chestnut capping, brace supports and windows of integral designs or sloping weave for added interest.