We have a 250m stretch of fencing to take care of this summer. It’s full of tree’s, uneven ground and water. If we can fence this, we’ll have learned something valuable.¬†




Rough Notes

We need strainer posts and fence posts

Make a template on a length of batten to indicate sink depth, fence height and both barbed wire lines. Transfer these measurements to each post before boinking.


Strainer Posts


Strainer posts: Strong posts with diagonal supports, called stays, that take the tension of the fence, stopping all of the fence posts from being pulled in one direction or the other.

  • 2.4 x 100 x 100 supported by diagonal struts dug into the ground
  • Dug in, to a depth of at least 90mm (preferably a meter) and properly tamped down.
  • Strainer posts should be placed at every change in direction or gradient
  • Traditional method for straining posts is to inset 2×4 horizontally into the post to stop it turning in the ground.
  • Stays should connect to the strainer post a minimum of 750mm from ground level
  • Stays should be notched at least 75mm deep into the straining post
  • Anti turn device should be inset around 150mm from the bottom of the post. You can use 2 x 4 or a quarter of a post.

Fence Posts

    • 1.8m x 75mm x 75mm
    • Minimum depth of 550mm

    Barbed Wire

    • ¬†Positioned 125mm above wire fence. Second strand 125mm above this.¬†






    Peak District Fencing Guidelines