Chestnut fencing

Shaving brace used for fence work

During the summer we'll be renewing the fence-line between the courtyard and the meadow towards five ponds wood. We'll be using traditional techniques and wood felled from the estate.

Over the course of the summer and continuing in September, a length of fence line adjacent to the Fyne Court courtyard is due to be reinstated. Replacing this fence will allow us to make access into the courtyard from the purple trail easier, following a flatter route across the fields.

The fence line will be reinstated by staff and volunteers working in partnership with a green woodworker (Little Acorn furniture), using a traditional cleft chestnut design. The fence will give a more rustic, historic feel to the view down the valley, and also allow our staff and volunteers to learn new, traditional skills, helping to keep these dying crafts alive.

Rangers cleaving timber
Rangers cleaving timber
Rangers cleaving timber

An additional benefit comes from the fact that the fence will be made from timber grown on site at Fyne Court. Felling the sweet chestnut trees to provide the timber does not kill them, and the stumps will regrow, slowly establishing an area of sweet chestnut coppice, allowing for more sustainable management of our woodland for a greater range of species.

Why not pop by to discover all about this traditional craft? Work commences in July and will continue in September.

Using a side axe to form tenon
Using a side axe to form tenon
Using a side axe to form tenon