February/March 2020 at Cleftwood

Charlecote Paling fence, Stowe golf course

A bit muddy. Mind that fence!
Cleft oak paling 1 Land Rover 0

The Cleft Wood team celebrating Mark’s wedding

Oak bough weathering

Stag Oak by the barn (and source of the previous)

#barn owl

A Barn Owl comes most nights to feed of our resident rodent population

#Stowe Paling #cleft oak paling #cleft oak fence

Ripple oak which will be used in a paling for Stowe

#cleft wood co

Cleft Wood Co yard in the snow

Wroxeter Roman City

Stowe Paling at Wroxeter

Cleft oak gates, Stowe Paling Gates, wroxeter Roman City

Cleft oak Pointed Paling gates at Wroxeter

Stowe Paling, Cleft oak fence, paling fence, cleft oak

Wroxeter Roman City with Stowe Paling fence

We installed here last month. What a fantastic site, once the fourth largest city in Britain. The remains of the bathhouse are colossal and the “Old Work” is an amazing remnant 7m tall. You get a real feel for Roman civilisation.

Stokesay Castle

Oak post and rail, oak fence, cleft fence

Stokesay Castle with cleft oak post and rail


Stowe Golf Course

Cleft oak deer fence. New deer fence Stowe

Cleft Oak Deer Fence


We are currently installing this five feet high cleft oak Deer Fence on the new golf course at Stowe School. The golf course has moved from its site next to the main buildings of the school over towards Stowe Castle. The previous site will be restored to the original designs of Capability Brown.

Kenilworth Castle

We replaced a tired sawn boundary fence at this wonderful English Heritage site with more traditional and sympathetic cleft oak.

Kenilworth Castle oak fence

new fence Kenilworth Castle

Cleft oak three rail post and rail

new oak fence Kenilworth Castle

Arthur’s Stone

#cleft oak fence #post and rail #Arthur's Stone #Golden Valley #Wye Valley

Delicate two rail post and rail


We recently replaced the decaying sawn post and rail fence at this beautiful English Heritage site overlooking both the Wye and Golden Valleys in Herefordshire. The cleft two rail has a light touch but will still protect this ancient and special site from reckless cars and bikes.

Whilst working here we were touched by the respect and sensitivity people gave the site (candles and notes within the chamber).

Coo Palace (translation Cow Palace or Model Dairy)

Model Dairy cleft oak

Coo Palace near Kirkcudbright


Last week we sent a pallet of Post and Rail and a gate to this splendid site overlooking Wigtown Bay, Dumfries and Galloway. Originally built in a mixture of Arts and Crafts, Gothic and Italianate styles the dairy housed the owners twelve Belted Galloway cows. The”A” listed buildings had fallen into serious disrepair and lay empty for years with various schemes for restoration falling through.

The imaginative people at HPB ( ), old customers of ours, are nearly finished with the restorations turning the site into a complex of luxury holiday lets.

It’s great to be a part of this project; as the client says of our fencing “It is not cheap but it looks great. I wish that we had used it at …………..”


Cleft Oak Bollards

#oak bollards #cleft bollards #rustic bollards #organic bollards

Cleft Oak Bollards

Cars were parking on verges and ripping up the grass in Charlecote village. The parish council asked us to provide these bollards to solve the problem. They match the adjoining  NT deer fence at Charlecote Park, they’re environmentally friendly and the cleft quarter trees won’t put up with much argument! Let’s look to a future of verdant verges…


#cleft oak bollards # bollards #rustic bollards

Bollards and Palings

#Charlecote #cleft oak fence #oak fence

Mini Charlecote Paling

We installed this 3′ high cleft oak fence at Charlecote near Stratford upon Avon this week. It echoes the 6′ high deer fence at the National Trust Charlecote Park across the road.


#cleft oak fence #Charlecote #Traditional fence

Castles and Mountains

Cleft Oak Post and Rail

Heartwood Post and Rail at Longtown Castle.

We’ve taken on a number of jobs for English Heritage including Longtown Castle on the Welsh border in the shadow of the Black Mountain. Three rail post and rail rings the Keep and separates the Bailey from the steep drops below. It’s A beautiful place to work and the locals are very friendly and supportive.