Cleft Oak to Argyll

traditional pair of gates

Cleft oak gates

Here’s a pair of gates we recently sent up to an estate on the shores of Loch Fyne. They were delivered by pallet with 40 metres of our three rail post and rail.

Cambridge Botanic Gardens

oak poles

Cleft Oak Totems

Cambridge Botanic Gardens have been using our products for a number of years now. They have previously had post and rail to protect the root systems of ancient and vulnerable trees. They are now using our fencing to separate off a Discovery area  and have installed these totems as a point of interest. The largest are 12′ out of the ground, quarter trees. They were rather heavy!

Stowe Landscape Gardens

cleft oak fence

Recently erected at Stowe Landscape Gardens


Work continues at Stowe with an initial 250 metres of fencing to border the Home Park. When the golf course moves this area will be taken back into the gardens.

Cleft Oak Gates

Traditional hand made gates

Customers in Kent have been updating their grounds over the past ten years or so and we have just completed these gates to go with a new run of fencing.

Medieval Fencing?

Here’s some fencing we put up three years ago in a local village. It’s basically cleft oak post and rail with oak weave around oak staves. There are no nails or other fixings. When nails were expensive and hard to come by this would have been a logical but labour intensive solution. Before pulped board and plastics weave was one of the few ways to fill a large gap (as with wattle and daub).

Cleft Oak Henge

Stowe Paling heartwoodTraditional oak Stowe Paling

A client in a local village wanted to replace a tired sawn softwood fence. The brief was primarily aesthetic but also something that would chime with the thatched cottage (a former village pub) and would be more durable than its disappointing predecessor. Cleft oak Stowe Paling with a cleft oak Henge and gate were the answer.

Cleft Oak Deer Fence

Charlecote Paling fence

Cleft Oak Deer fence Faccombe

Oak paling Fence FaccombeCleft Oak Deer fence Faccombe

An interesting day at the Faccombe Estate in Hampshire looking around their beautiful acres of woodland for oak suitable for cleaving into fencing materials. Whilst there we took some photos of our Charlecote Paling expertly installed by contractors Starveacre Fencing. The Paling borders the deer park, in front of the pub, The Jack Russell, which is being refurbished (and will be heated by a wood boiler with estate supplied wood fuel).

Varieties of Cleft Oak Post and Rail

Cleft oak post and rail

Three rail Post and Rail with chicken wire

Cleft oak post and rail

Cleft Oak Post and Rail (Heartwood)

Cleft oak post and rail

Two Rail Cleft Oak Post and Rail (Heartwood)

Single Rail Post and Rail (Heartwood)

Cleft oak post and rail

Cleft Oak Post and Rail (Rustic two rail) at Stowe

Just a few photos to demonstrate the variety of post and rail and various uses, from the smallholding to the park via roadside and garden.

Ten Years On..

Cleft oak Stowe Paling Cleft oak Stowe Paling

“Just thought you might like to see some pictures 10 years on, then and now.

We remain delighted with the fencing.”

New Website

Thanks for coming here to take a look. We had great fun making the videos. The external scenes were shot at NT Stowe, in the Claydon Estate woodlands, and at our workshop near Swanbourne. I was surprised at the perfectionism of the crew. In the age of the “selfie” and the omnipresent camera phone it was great to see the awesome equipment and the time taken to get things just right.

The drone flying at Stowe was also very impressive; such control and stability. The guy flying it is a helicopter pilot so I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised at his professionalism. I think my favourite shot is the ring of post and rail around the Holm oaks from above.

A big thanks to Movies Darling for producing the videos. The editing was a work of art. They also composed the music.