24 May

Choosing the Best Fencing For Your Garden

Summer is almost here, so it’s time to get your fence sorted. No more ignoring the beat-up, run-down hunk of wood at the back of your garden. 2022 is the year that you finally replace your garden fence so that you can enjoy the summer sun in peace, privacy and comfort.

Installing a garden fence is easy — it’s knowing which type of fence you want that’s the hard part. Don’t worry, we’re here to make the process easier. In this article, we’re going to explore the considerations for choosing the perfect fence for your garden.

Choosing the best fencing for your garden

Planning permission

Before you even begin to think about installing a garden fence, you’ll need to make sure it is legal for you to do so. Most garden fences will not require planning permission, but some may do it if they encroach on or affect a neighbouring property. A fence may also require planning permission if it is over two metres tall.

Even if you are legally entitled to build a fence on your property, we still recommend speaking to your neighbour if it will affect their property in any way. Manners cost nothing!


Privacy is a big consideration when planning on building a garden fence. Do you live in a busy area with lots of people passing your property? If so, you might want to choose traditional close board fencing panels to prevent any one from gazing in. These panels are particularly tight spaced, leaving no room for prying eyes. You could also install plant shrubs and climbing plants along the fence for an extra layer of privacy.

Or if you want more open fence panels that allow for a nice breeze, you could opt for arched top pailing fence panels.


Fences offer reasonable security by bordering the perimeter of your premises. However, if security is a priority for you, you might want to choose a fence with strong materials such as PVC, aluminium or iron. You may also want to increase the height of your fence so that it is harder to climb, but remember — if your fence is over two metres tall, you’ll likely need to acquire planning permission before it can be installed.


We’re lucky to get more than a few days of sun in the UK, so it’s important to plan for those many, many, many wet days — especially if you live on the coast. Due to their ability to rot, wooden or metal fences are not the best materials for coastal areas. Aluminium or PVC are more appropriate materials for these regions. 


Fences aren’t just designed to be practical — they should improve the look of your garden too. In fact, a nice garden fence can improve the overall appearance of your home and boost its value.

How you want your fence to look will ultimately be a personal decision. However, many people agree that ornamental iron is the most aesthetic material for a garden fence.

In addition to the material, you’ll also want to consider the colour, style, size and ornamental details, such as hanging plants.

However you’d like your fence, get your fencing supplies from Hitchcock & King, London’s leading builders merchant. We’ve got everything you need to build your perfect garden fence. From fence panels to quality timber, you’ll find everything you need — all in one place. It’s all available with fast, reliable delivery, and all at competitive prices.

Contact Hitchcock & King today to place your order.