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Natural Fencing Ideas for Your Garden

Natural fencing ideas

Every garden needs fencing – to mark the boundaries, divide up spaces and provide privacy. But there’s no need to settle for standard wood slatted fences. There are plenty of natural fencing ideas to give your garden borders an edge, fences that stand tall and stand out from the neighbours’.

Let’s kick off with a few alternative fencing ideas.

Willow Hurdles

1. Hurdle fencing

Hurdles are a form of freestanding fence made from handwoven wooden branches, usually willow or hazel. They offer a very rustic look, perfect for a countryside style garden. Willow hurdles are woven from younger, thinner wands, while hazel use thicker branches for a more sturdy feel. Ideal for bordering off any piece of land, they can bring a slice of rural design to even a compact urban garden.

Garden Screening

2. Garden screening

Screening is a great way to refresh your garden look. It’s light and flexible enough to be fixed to existing fences, so you can easily bring a more natural aesthetic to any space. There are many different materials to choose, from rustic bark and willow to modern bamboo and reed. As well as being more interesting and decorative than regular fences, screening can provide additional privacy in overlooked spaces.

Living fence

3. Living fences

If you’re looking to achieve something a little more ambitious, try living fences or ‘fedges’. There are many different forms (aside from the standard hedge!) but one of the most common is woven willow. Plant a row of willow where you’d like your fence and then weave the branches together as they grow. This requires a bit more skill and patience than the other ideas but pays off with a truly unique border.

The benefits of natural fences

Aside from the organic visual appeal that will set your garden apart, there are a number of other benefits from natural forms of fencing. Many kinds are very sustainable. The wood for willow and hazel hurdles is coppiced, meaning branches are cut from new growths on the plant so they’ll regrow by the next year. Because of the natural air gaps in hurdle fencing, it also serves as a better windbreak than standard fences. Wind is dispersed through the gaps, alleviating the risk of the fence toppling over in blustery weather.

Natural fencing maintenance

Generally natural fences will age more than regular ones over time. If you like, you can treat the wood with fence preservative to maintain the initial colouring, or let it fade naturally. Provided they are well secured and not exposed to too much harsh weather, hurdles can last up to 10 years.

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  1. Lynn Hickson

    Hi thank you for the advice on alternative fencing ideas. However, I have planted a very young mixed native hedge consisting of hawthorn,beech,holly,elderflower. At present they are very small, about two foot high little whips I guess. In the high winds we lost the wooden fencing behind it.It’s 7 metres wide.Do you have any ideas for us,regarding a substitute fence idea,as we want to eventually have just the hedge alone there. However, behind it there are three garages for the houses to the left.Now the fence has blown down we can see all their mess bins bikes etc,not a good view at all.We don’t have lots to spend,the whole gardens new from scratch,and we are spending on permenant shrubs plants etc.Your advice would be much appreciated.

    1. Primrose Author

      Hi Lynn,

      Thanks, great to hear you liked the post!

      Planting hedges like you’ve done is a brilliant idea, especially for windy areas as they’ll let the air pass through rather than blowing over. But like you said, it will take a while to grow tall enough for privacy.

      We’d recommend putting some hurdle fencing behind the growing hedge if you’re able. This kind of fence also allows some of the breeze to pass through, making them less likely to come down. They’re also much more attractive than regular fencing if we say so ourselves!

      You can see our range of hurdles here:

      Hope this helps.

  2. Deonna Baker

    This is such a useful post, thank you very much! I wanted to add fences in my garden as they can improve the curb appeal of my property. Thankfully, I came across this post! This gave me some great fencing ideas which I can share with the fencing Liverpool based experts I might hire soon. By the way, do you think it’s ideal to hire a professional company when working on fencing projects or just do it myself?

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