Cleft Chestnut Fences and Gates                         Back to Home Page


Cleft Chestnut fencing is a beautiful and very long lasting (no need to use preservative or treatment of any kind) alternative to the softwood impregnated with chemicals that is so often used for fencing.


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On the face of it Cleft Chestnut Fencing may appear very expensive, but when you take into account the fact it will last twice as long possibly three times as long as treated softwood fencing, the cost is not so high after all.  So how can we claim it is so durable?  Sweet Chestnut, is in the same family as the oak and like oak the timber is full of tannins which help to preserve it naturally.  Unlike oak however there is very little sapwood.  For this reason Sweet Chestnut can be used for fencing after just 10-15 years of growth as coppice, whereas Oak at this age would be nearly all sapwood and therefore would rot in no time.


So not only is Cleft Chestnut fencing beautiful, economical in the long-run, but also highly sustainable as you never need old trees, but just traditional coppice, which as organisations like the RSPB will tell you are fantastic for wildlife.  This truly is an amazing fencing material, and even supports local craftsmen and workers, as the production of these fences is entirely done on a small scale by local skilled workers using (largely) age-old methods and tools, rather than a production line in a factory somewhere.


Our Cleft Chestnut fencing is usually produced to order so please allow time for this when placing an order.


The prices for the most popular sizes are below, but we can work to almost any specification, so if we have not listed what you want please ask us for a quote.  These prices are for supply of the fencing materials ready to install, and exclude VAT.  If you wish, we can also recommend a local contractor who will install your fence, or we can instruct you how to install it yourself.


Prices (excluding VAT)



Post and rail fence – price per metre

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Traditional post and two rail (as pictured above)


Traditional post and three rail




Picket fence - price per metre



Picket fence up to three feet (92cm) high


Picket fence over three feet (92cm) and up to four and a half feet (137cm) high




Gates - pedestrian gates, complete with hinges and catch




Up to three feet (92cm) wide and up to three feet high


Up to three and a half feet (107cm) wide and up to four feet (122cm) high


Up to three and a half feet (107cm) wide and up to six feet (183cm) high



Further information


Cleft Chestnut fencing will over time weather to a natural grey, which gives it a timeless quality.  It is not usual to use any sort of wood preserver or stain to try and achieve a brown or golden colour, but there is no reason why you shouldn’t do so if you wish.


So will your next fence be an anonymous softwood with no natural durability but filled with chemicals produced in a factory by large machines and then shipped across the country; or will it be a naturally durable timber riven from coppice-grown trees by skilled local workers to your exact specification?  And which do you think is more attractive?