Beautiful trees and unbeatable fencing materials
Sweet Chestnut, that most beautiful of trees, is grown commercially in Southern Britain, where it is coppiced and used to make excellent quality fencing materials. The trees respond very well to coppicing and produce a good crop of tannin-rich wood every 15 to 30 years, depending on local growth rate and what its intended end-use is – it might be used for fencing, roof timbers, or made into barrels for ageing things such as balsamic vinegar.
The naturally occurring tannins in the wood make it very durable and an excellent fencing material, suitable for gateposts, rails and stakes or fence posts. The wood when first cut is light or pale in colour, and is very hard and very strong.
And because it is naturally high in tannins, it requires no treating with harsh, man-made chemical preservatives. Fences are put up without the need for nails or screws as the stakes or posts are mortised and the rails simply slip into them, and it also has the distinct advantage of lasting a very long time – 25, 30 or even 40 years is not uncommon. Compare that to ‘modern’ treated, soft-wood fencing!
The Woodland Trust have some further information here
If you would like to discuss putting up some Castanea sativa (Sweet Chestnut) fencing give us a call – 01984 667697