If you’re putting up a panel fence, you don’t just need to choose between closeboard and overlap. You’ll also need to decide how tall you want the fence to be. Panels are usually available in heights of around 0.9m, 1.2m, 1.5m and 1.8m. If you plan to add fence‐top trellis or any other fence‐topper, make sure the increased height doesn’t contravene local planning policy, particularly at the front of a property.


Heavy‐duty concrete fence posts are maintenance‐free and robust enough to last for decades. Timber posts – which are pressure‐treated for durability and rot‐resistance – are easier to install and can help create a more natural, rustic look. All of our timber fence posts are ‘incised’, meaning that they have small slits all the way up the posts which allow the weather resistant treatment to soak further into the wood. This increases their lifespan; all of these posts come with a 15 year guarantee.

Both timber and concrete posts are available in a ‘slotted’ design. This makes it easier to install fence panels and means you don’t need panel clips.

Make sure that the internal width of the fence post is the right size to accommodate your chosen panels.

Fence fixing brackets and clips

If you’re using timber fence posts, you might want to get some fence brackets and clips. These are metal brackets that affix to the fence post and hold the panel in place, so that you don’t have to nail panels directly onto the posts.

Fence post caps

Fence post caps can be attached to the top of your fence posts and in addition to looking stylish, they are also a quick and easy way to further protect your posts against drying out and cracking.

Fence post supports

Don’t know whether to set your fence posts in concrete or use metal post supports? Both have benefits: concrete is a good choice if you want the sturdiest fence possible, while metal supports are quicker and easier to install. Some metal supports use a bolt system for extra resilience.

Post spikes

If you don’t want to dig a hole or use concrete, metal post spikes are a good alternative. For extra protection from rot and water, look for heavy‐duty ‘wedge’ spikes, which support posts off the ground.

Fencelock fittings

You’ll want your fence panels to be secure, but they also need space to expand and contract withchanges in the weather. Fencelock fittings go around the post, and hold panels firmly in place, while allowing them just enough room to breathe.

Trellis and screenings

Brilliantly versatile, trellis can add height to boundary fencing without making your garden feel ‘boxed in’. It’s also great for creating semi‐solid partitions that increase privacy but still let light through. Or you might want trellis for the front of your fence, to support climbing plants and ‘soften’ your boundaries. Choose from diamond, rectangular and square lattices in various sizes.

Don’t forget bamboo canes or plant mesh can be used too if your climbers need a bit of extra structural support.

Fence and trellis capping rail

Give your fencing or trellis a neat finishing touch with a moulded capping rail. Pressure‐treated to protect against rot, it’ll also make your wood last longer.

Featheredge boards and arris rails

For a traditional look, featheredge boards are hard to beat. Like fencing panels, they’re available in arange of heights and thicknesses.

Give your featheredge fence the right support, with arris rails and brackets.

Gravel boards

Use gravel boards to make sure your new fencing looks just as good in years to come. Gravel boards can be attached at the very bottom of fences to serve as a protective barrier against moisture from the ground.

Made from treated timber or concrete, they form a barrier between the fencing and the ground (and if water does get the better of them, you can simply replace the gravel board and not the fence).

Post repair spurs

If you need to strengthen a weak or damaged timber post, repair spurs can work wonders. Available in metal and concrete, they can save you from having to replace the whole post.

Border roll fixing pegs

Installing timber border roll? Make the job easier with some spiked fixing pegs, which are available in metal and pressure‐treated timber.

Wire fencing, netting and mesh panels

If you just want to create a simple and functional partition, wire fencing, netting or mesh panels could be exactly what you need.

You might also want to stock up on supporting stakes, straining bolts and garden wire to keep everything steady.

Treat your fencing

There’s a wide range of water‐based timber treatments that are specially designed to colour and protect fences and trellis. As well as giving a decorative finish in a choice of colours, they’ll provide lasting protection from wind, rain and sun. Some are also wax‐enriched to repel water, even in extreme weather.

Many treatments can be applied with a brush or roller. Others can be sprayed on – you may want to consider investing in a pressure sprayer for fast and effective coverage of larger areas.