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Fencing Repairs

In an ideal world, I'd get 'a little man' in to do a whole lot of new fencing - goodness knows we need it.  BUT, it's not as easy as that.  Finding a little man who'll turn up when he says he will AND do a tidy job is virtually impossible, and timing is everything on our land.  When it's dry, driving fence posts is virtually impossible.  When it's too wet, it's impossible to get on the land.  The previous owner didn't bother about little details like cleaning up the old fencing - just put a new one in front of it!  And that's BEFORE working out what it will cost!

So I'm getting quite good at fence repairs.  The current project is the back fence of the field we call 'the rock field' (because it was even more covered with rocks when we arrived than the others!)  The rocks are now gone, and the pasture is gradually improving - three sides have new fencing done two years ago.  The back fence is 'guarded' with electric fence.



This picture illustrates the problem. (Or part of it - the fence is about 300 yards long and while it's not ALL as bad as this ....)

Under the blackberry, which was sprayed a few weeks ago, is a fence - lying on the ground.  Immediately behind is a deep ditch.  The field on the other side of the ditch is not ours, is used for sheep grazing, and has fencing in a similar state - therefore sheep-proof fencing is needed.


This gives a closer look - after some of the bramble has been cleared away (thornproof gloves, stout trousers and coat called for.)

After a lot of back-breaking work clearing the under (or over!) growth, a rope on what remains of the fence post enables it to be pulled upright, using the old Landrover.

The fence is pulled a little in front of the actual fence line and is left there to hold the fence up while new posts are driven in.


There's quite a bit still left to do - but it's all upright now.  Still need to replace about 30 rotten posts before the ground dries up, run a grader blade along the fence line to ensure I've found and filled all the rabbit holes, and then I'll add extended electric fence insulators to the posts to hold polyrope six inches IN from the fence.  Because some of the posts are very close to the edge of the ditch, I don't want horse TOO close, with the risk of eroding the bank further.  But the existing electric fence is 6-8 feet from the fence (because of all the blackberry and rabbit holes that WERE there so this exercise will 'reclaim' about 600 square yards of grazing - as well as being much tidier and safer (and releasing a lot of polyposts for use elsewhere.)  Within the next few weeks, the whole fence line will be resprayed to ensure no blackberries survive.

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