Post and Rail
Many variations and many uses
Timber post and rail is an effective perimeter mark but without the obtrusive and overpowering effect that screen fencing can sometimes have. Ideal where a garden area needs to be delineated but without obstructing the view. Also a highly popular fencing around areas for grazing animals, especially when wire netting is added.
British Standard 1722 Part 7 suggests that fencing can be 1.1m high or 1.3m high (to top of top rail) with three or four rails. Sawn timber posts can be concreted or driven into the ground at 1.8m centres and sawn timber rails are nailed or morticed into the posts. But deviating from the British Standard means that one or two rails can be used, on smaller section posts with smaller section rails, making this a more affordable fence for a domestic situation.
There is also the option of half round and peeled posts and rails for that really rustic look. Or machined half round timber for a smooth ‘clean cut’ look (see main picture above). Or what about post and cleft chestnut rail fencing – the rails keep their bark and are quite haphazard in appearance.
Often stock wire, rabbit netting or trim netting (shown in the main picture above) are attached to the fence to provide added protection from those creatures wanting in and those wanting out! Line wires to the top of the rails can be a good deterrent to stop horses chewing the rails.
A more industrial option is concrete post and tubular steel rail, often used by councils to provide barriers near roadways and public pathways. The concrete post has preformed holes to take a galvanised steel tube.
Related products to consider – knee rail.