After being battered by a succession of storms this winter, many of us will have some clearing up work to do in the garden at the moment. This may be just gathering up twigs and leaves, and any other debris. For some, there may be more extensive damage to sort out, such as repairing or replacing a garden fence.

If you have a damaged fence, you may be looking for some replacement panels, or maybe you have even decided to make a new start with a completely different style. This may be a decision that transforms your garden and enhances your enjoyment of it over the summer and beyond. Here are a few points to bear in mind when making your choice.

Look for pressure treated timber, as this means that the preservative is soaked all the way through the panel rather than just the surface layer. This increases the lifespan of the wood; you should expect it to last at least 10 years.  Always go for good posts which are concreted into position too, unless you want to be mending your fences after every storm.

The simplest type of fence is the closed board panel, which are available in a range of sizes. Consider how much privacy and light control you want from your fencing; if you are bordered on all sides by neighbouring properties, then this style of upright fence with no gaps will be perfect. The posts need to be set deep to avoid the panels blowing over!

If you live in an older property, a more rustic type fencing might fit in better. Woven willow or hazel can look really attractive, and let plenty of light in. Remember that more decorative fences are not so good if privacy is an issue, but they can be covered with climbing plants if you are patient while they grow.

Finally, bear in mind that any fencing in Lancashire over two metres high will usually need planning permission.