How can I make fences using recycled stuff?

fenceAs I mentioned last week, we’ve finally, FINALLY, got the keys to our new house and are frantically doing some essential works before we can move in. One not quite essential but desirable thing is for us to fence in the wild bit of the garden – ultimately so we can have chickens* and use the fences to grow things up/along.

One side of the garden was previously dry stone walled but a lot of the stones have been pilfered for use elsewhere in the garden – we’ll try to reconstruct as much of it as we can but I think we’ll have build some sort of fencing for the rest.

John’s dad has suggested using wood from pallets to make simple horizontal-slatted fences. There is also the option of live fencing – growing some sort of hedgerow or bramble bush – but that’ll take time to grow in.

So any suggestions? Having a garden needing this sort of work is new to me so any ideas would be gratefully received!

* the chickens will need pretty high fences or a covered run. We haven’t quite decided what we’ll do with that yet but we’ll try to future-proof the new fences so we can add to them in the future.

(Photo by betacam)

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3 Responses to “How can I make fences using recycled stuff?”

  1. Bobbie says:

    Here in the USA we have and I would list a “wanted” fencing material, and reuse someone’s old fencing that they are replacing. Also, since I live in the country I could find plenty of stones to replace the old ones in the wall. Perhaps you can find someone that would be willing to let you have some old stones.

    Do consider chickens. You get wonderful eggs, plus they are the perfect outlet for food scraps which make the most wonderful fertilizer!

  2. Nicole says:

    Probably not the way you want to go but a reminder that virtually anything could be used:

  3. Bertie says:

    Have you considered weaving long soft willow (or similar) in between upright branches into a fence?

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