Chestnut Fencing is composed of vertical timbers, known as PALES. Which are held in position by horizontal galvanised wires known as LINES. Each line is made up of 4 strands of wire and there can be either 2 or 3 lines according to use and economic factors. The fencing is produced in either 9 or 4.5 metre long ROLLS. Standard roll heights are 0.9m, 1.05m, 1.2m., 1.35m., 1.5m., 1.8m. 1.35m and higher is always produced in 4.5 metre lengths for ease of handling and weight considerations within the Health and Safety regulations.
Where do the Chestnut Timber Pales come from
Chestnut Pales are harvested from Coppices situated in Kent and Sussex. Coppicing is a very ancient Forestry Management system whereby the growing tree is cut back to ground level every 15 years, leaving what is known as a stool. This process actually slows down the tree’s aging, so that many stools are up to 500 years old, making them some of the oldest living plants in the UK. The tree then puts out new shoots, up to as many as 12, which can be commercially harvested at the end of the 15 year growing cycle. Coppices flourish on poor ground and therefore are important to the Rural Economy, both in terms of land usage and employment.
Coppices also provide a wonderful habitat for a wide range of Flora and Fauna and their environmental contribution cannot be over-estimated. Therefore, whenever you buy Chestnut Fencing you are assured that not only is the timber from a sustainable and managed resource but that the environment and the rural economy are benefiting.
How is Chestnut Fencing manufactured
Chestnut Fencing is manufactured by use of a Wiring Machine driven by compressed air. This guarantees low risk and pleasant working conditions for the operator together with good environmental and energy practices in the workplace as a whole. Pales are fed into the machine one at a time, triggering a sequence of events in which one line is first stapled to the pale and then all the strands of wire are twisted a pre-set number of times as the pale is fed forward.
The machine then returns to the start position so that the next pale can be inserted and the wires twisted in the opposite direction. The machine gradually creates a roll, pale by pale, until the required length of roll has been manufactured. The completed roll is cut off and the process recommences.
Why use Chestnut Fencing
- It is relatively cheap in price compared to many other fencing products.
- Easily handled and can be rolled up after use for storage.
- Efficient as a temporary or permanent barrier.
- Environmentally compatible and visually attractive.
- Contains natural the preservative Tannin which gives a long usage life - 40 years is not uncommon.
- Recognised as a Safety Fence and of minimum risk under the COSHH regulations.
- Coppices must be harvested regularly, otherwise, they will fail with profound implications for the Rural Economy and the Environment. So the continued and expanded use of Chestnut Fencing is an important objective.
- Both harvesting and production are Energy Efficient.
Typical uses for Chestnut Fencing
- Any temporary or permanent fencing requirement such as :-
- Around a building or civil engineering site.
- Tree and planted area protection.
- Hazardous areas.
- Parks, gardens and Country Estates.
- Crowd control.
- Temporary car parks and access ways.
- Erosion control of beaches.
- Snow drift control.