Fence sales up following sustained bad weather

Fence panel
Fence panel

Fence sales have risen following the recent bad weather, suppliers report.

Forest Garden said it has had a "great start to the season" that has been the best since 2007, when bad weather and an international wood shortage led to retailers running out of fence panels.

In early 2012 strong winds caused fence and shed sales to jump but 2014 looks set to beat sales from two years ago.

Forest Garden marketing head Vicky Nuttall said: "We’ve had a great start to the season. We’ve been flat out, double shifting since Christmas. In 2007 there was a timber shortage but in 2014 it’s different because we can ramp up our sawmills as well as our factories, though demand is huge."

Mercia Garden Products sales and market director Peter Woolley said: "In the first month of 2014 we cleared first quarter volumes. It’s down to the storms and was the same the year before last in January."

B&Q said: "We can confirm that they have seen an increase in sales of fences and flood barriers."

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