Welcome to Welch Fencing in Preston our very first Blog We hope that you will enjoy the new monthly blogs on our website with handy hints and tips for everything you need to know about garden fencing and getting the very best advice from our years of expertise. Please feel free to contact us also on our Facebook and Instagram pages if there is a topic of interest you would like us to blog and feature on.

Ok so without pointing out the obvious- let’s start with the very basics of installing your new garden fence.

Choosing the Right Fence

You have spent your precious (already overstretched) time looking at our website, firmly making the decision that you are having a standard wooden Waney garden fence panel, you have measured with acute accuracy, that would qualify you to work at NASA, all posts that are needed and correct equipment, and are ready to place your order until the better half appears and normal puts that theory in the ‘we might consider that – However box ‘, whilst quickly dismissing you hard work and effort with Mrs Smith at No.24, in to the general discussion, that the Elite Neris panels (The elite range – see website in the garden are this years must have.

Joking aside this is the first important tip in correct installation. It is vital that you have the right planning permission to build the fence that you want. There are laws in the UK for fencing your property. All be it the better half and Mrs Smith might well fancy themselves as the next fencing panel Alan Tichmarsh’s of the world, but if you are putting your fence next to a highway or a footpath you can only have your fence up to a maximum of one meter (without planning permission) and if your fence is not next to a footpath or highway then it can be two meters without planning permission.

Not all of us are fortunate to have a Mrs Smith next door, so please have the courtesy of checking the boundaries on your own home (theses can be found on the property deeds) and often just a polite conversation with the neighbours goes along way, and often stops the costly nightmare of having to reinstall fencing and shelling out for repairs. If it happens to creep over in to a neighbour’s boundaries, when they are complaining that you have knocked three feet off the side of the garden and this year’s perennial borders have suffered consequently. Remember politeness is the key!

Planning Your Fence

Mistakes can be costly so planning and preparation is equally as important for the perfect fence. Making sure that you have ordered the correct number of posts, rule of thumb is that posts should be no more than 8 feet apart, nobody wants a fence that’s wobblier than the Governments current Brexit deal. Now the DIY(iers) amongst us have heard the old tale of using string for measuring a fence, getting the better half, Mrs Smith and the neighbours cat to hold various lengths of string, yarn, and ropes in a vain hope of gaining the accuracy needed to measure the correct length needed.

The team at Welch Fencing think that the string, Mrs Smith, the better half and next doors cat are best left out of the equation and have cleverly installed a FENCE CALCULATOR on to our website. (

  • Not all of us are computer minded but we really have made the calculator so simple even your five-year-old grandson can have a go at measuring the fence for the back garden
  • Quite simply go to the website (
  • Click on the top of the home page FENCE CALCULATOR
  • Choose the dimensions of your fence, eg:10 Feet / 3 Meters PLUS FENCE HEIGHT (up to 7 Foot)
  • Select the panel that you want
  • Select the gravel board type
  • Select your required post type

And if by Fencing magic an itinerary of what is needed by correct quantity and correct costing is given to you in a handy table, showing you EXACTLY what you need, no hidden costs and a final price that you can simply add to your shopping trolley, and pay for on line. For those of us that do not like paying online, the staff at our store in Preston are more than happy to go through using the calculator and costings with you and we also take payments in store.

Deep Digs

At this stage you’re practically a fence connoisseur, it’s like the fencing equivalent to The Great British Bake Off or The Epsom Derby. The end is in sight!

A common mistake is that the posts are not put in deep enough, the weight of the neighbourhood cat never toppled anybody’s fence over, nor did you leaning against it for a much needed rest, but bad postman ship does.

Posts have to be a MINIMUM of two feet, so that means digging deep, work off that chocolate cake at the daughter in laws that you should not have really had a second, or third slice off, and make sure the holes are big enough so that one third of your garden fence panels is underground.

Positing Etiquette

Mrs Smith from No24 might quite like the idea in principal of having all the shiny side of the fence (panels facing in) around her garden, but it far better practice to place the fence posts towards your side of the house. This is to make the house have more curb appeal for any future sales and it keeps Mrs Smith very happy as she sees the benefit of a new fence on one or more sides of her garden.

Give It a Go – We Are Here For Advice

DIY can be a scary word, but don’t be put off – the team at Welch Fencing are here to listen, advise and assist you- Remember the process isn’t rocket science, but by following these simple steps we hope that you can enjoy the garden you have always dreamed of. If you have queries, please do not hesitate to contact the team or simply call down to our shop based in Preston (22 Chain House Lane, Whitestake, Preston, Lancashire, PR4 4LE) where we will be happy to answer any of the question you may have.

We hope that you enjoy our first blog and would like to end on a quotation for you.

DIY means IF YOU CAN DREAM IT THEN DO IT (B&Q just couldn’t fit this on their carrier bag)

From all the team at Welch Fencing in Preston.