When we got the allotment I wanted to have materials on the plot that were either
- Useful (like the polytunnel)
- Hand made
Because our allotment plot is at the top of the site, everyone walks past our plot.
Which is nice for a chat.
But, you don't feel too enclosed. The plot was open on all sides so I wanted to make a small fence to the top side to feel a little more secluded.
I wanted to weave a fence and found Leeds Coppice Workers a local company that manage woodlands and sell coppiced wood, charcoal and the like.
They were very knowledgable, I didn't really know what I needed and they advised I got 5 bundles of hazel rods and 20 x 5ft pointed stakes. This would make a fence about 7 meters long and an arch. I went with their recommendation and the amount has been spot on what we needed.
The day arrived and James delivered the hazel bundles and stakes.
Squee! this was so exciting.
Without much of an idea what to do we went for it, and started to hammer the stakes into the ground.
Then when they were all in, we started to weave the rods in and out of the stakes (not the finest picture of me, it was cold and drizzling in my defence!)
And slowly the fence grew
Occasionally you need to move the rods down the stakes to make a tighter weave, the kids wanted to help with this
Someone may quite like the fence...
Gosh this was getting exciting, I think the effect is truly delightful.
When the fence was at the height we wanted, the tops were cut off the stakes, we still need to finish the top of the stakes and we are just trying to figure out which will be the best way.
I have to say that I am utterly delighted with it.
It feels lovely, handmade and rustic. The hazel is so beautiful.
This is the opposite of all the raised beds on the plot being so rigid but the combination works really well.
We still have the arch to make and finish the top of the fence, I will post pictures when we have completed it.
I hope you like it!