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Hazel fencing

gjautosgjautos BuckinghamshirePosts: 371
edited February 2022 in Garden design
My fence has been destroyed by the storm we've just had. So I've started looking at replacements and came across Hazel fencing. (There is also a willow product that looks similar) has anyone used this as a garden fence? It looks really good and would suit my garden, but I'm not sure how strong it would be? 
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  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,567
    I think hazel fencing would be more durable than willow but both would be more porous and allow wind flow with less wind resistance than traditional fencing panels.  More attractive too.   

    I speak as someone who made a fabulous willow obelisk at a willow weaving class years ago.  It did not survive its first winter outside.
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  • gjautosgjautos BuckinghamshirePosts: 371
    Thank you @Obelixx, better wind flow would hopefully be a good thing. And I agree they would be more attractive, I guess they could be repaired easier too? Should one or more of the Hazel sticks snap.
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 SomersetPosts: 10,527
    I don't think either would last more than a couple of years.
  • gjautosgjautos BuckinghamshirePosts: 371
    Lizzie27 said:
    I don't think either would last more than a couple of years.
    Thanks @Lizzie27. Have you used them or is that because of how they are made?
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 SomersetPosts: 10,527
    @gjautos, no, I haven't used them, apart from the very flimsy rolls of willow screening.
    I would imagine that their durability probably depends on how thick they are and how they are constructed. 
    I think the fact that you don't often see them used as garden fences speaks for itself.
  • gjautosgjautos BuckinghamshirePosts: 371
    Lizzie27 said:
    @gjautos, no, I haven't used them, apart from the very flimsy rolls of willow screening.
    I would imagine that their durability probably depends on how thick they are and how they are constructed. 
    I think the fact that you don't often see them used as garden fences speaks for itself.
    That's probably a fair point. I hadn't  thought of it like that. Maybe I'll ask a local supplier about the longevity.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 82,244
    Properly woven willow fencing can last for years and years … these folk do marvellous work. Better than a panel fence any day
    https://www.bramptonwillows.co.uk/portfolio/ 😊 
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  • gjautosgjautos BuckinghamshirePosts: 371
    https://www.briantsltd.co.uk/product/hazel-hurdle-fencing-screening/

    Thanks Dove. This is the one I was looking at. The company are local to me and generally very good. The panels are more than normal fence panels, but I don't mind that if they last a similar amount of time. 
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 82,244
    The ones I linked to are built in situ and are a very different thing to the woven panels you can buy.

    The only ones similar to the panels you show that I’ve ever known were used as sheep hurdles … they dried out quickly and became brittle,  and lasted just a few seasons.  The quality wasn’t great. 

    I think I would go and talk to your supplier, look after the panels, ask how long they can be expected to last in your conditions, and ask for the names of satisfied customers who would be happy to show you their fences.  You really can’t tell anything about quality from a website photo.  
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  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,567
    The kinds of larch lap fence panels stocked by most DIYs and GCs are easy to make in bulk from wood churned thru saw mills and assembly plants at speed.  They are not very attractive, especially if left that strange orange colour.

    A good quality hazel fence can last years but, like everything else, quality is variable so go and see as many as you can in the flesh, so to speak, and don't just go by photos.
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