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Hurdle Fencing

Natural Hurdle Fencing

Hazel and willow hurdles are perhaps the oldest form of fencing in Britain, dating back as far as Neolithic times 5000 years ago. Robust, beautiful and eco-friendly, hazel and willow hurdles are not only ideal for the traditional English country garden but also provide gardeners in the 21st century with the opportunity to create a unique, natural look for modern urban spaces.

In our collection of hazel and willow hurdles, you’ll find a selection of styles to choose from including framed hurdles, bunch willow, split hazel and all the posts and fixings you could need to fit your hurdles firmly in place. Discover our full range of garden screening and fencing here at Primrose for even more options.

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Natural Hurdles FAQs

  • What are willow and hazel hurdles?

    Woven hazel hurdles and willow hurdles are perfect for anyone wanting practical, natural-looking garden fence panels. These hurdles require minimal maintenance and will look great for years to come. The way in which the branches have been woven means that air diffuses through the hurdle fencing instead of just being blocked. This makes the fence panels ideal for exposed areas, where other fences may be blown over in strong winds.
  • What is the difference between willow and hazel?

    The main difference is the size of branches or 'wands' used.Willow hurdles are woven from younger and therefore thinner branches – the horizontals are up to 1 cm in diameter.Hazel hurdles are larger, appearing more like 'branches' of a tree, generally, from 1 to 2cm thick giving a more sturdy and less delicate feel to your fencing.
  • What style of hurdle will suit my garden?

    There are many different styles of natural fencing that may suit your garden. Willow hurdles can be created either by using a standard weave or by grouping the branches into a bunched weave which creates an attractive alternative pattern. The hazel hurdles can be made either by using whole branches or by using split branches for a contemporary finish. The branches in all of these hurdles are coppiced and their sources are therefore sustainable.

    Sizes: All hurdles are 6ft wide (1.83cm), with up to 5 heights: 3ft, 4ft, 4ft 6, 5ft and 6ft.

    They can be cut easily to reduce the height by cutting the verticals and removing unrequired horizontals. The width can be reduced by carefully cutting to ensure that the horizontals don't become unwoven. Alternatively, overlap adjacent hurdles to reduce width.

    Please note: This is a natural product and there will be variations from hurdle to hurdle and cane to cane. We cannot guarantee each roll or cane are identical as colour, width and length will vary.

  • Can willow and hazel be used as garden screening?

    An alternative natural fencing idea is outdoor screening. Unlike freestanding hurdles, screening is fixed to pre-existing fences for decoration and privacy. It can be made from a greater variety of materials as it doesn’t need to have the strength to stand up on its own. So as well as willow screening, you can also get bamboo, brushwood and artificial.
  • What are framed hurdles?

    You can adjust most of our hurdles to fit perfectly in your garden - if they’re too tall you can easily cut them down to size. For a more polished, modern look you can also choose framed hurdles, which have the same handwoven materials inside but a robust outer edge.
  • Save money when you buy willow and hazel hurdles in bulk

    If you’re buying 5 or more panels then you can take advantage of our bulk buying discount. The discount per panel increases with the number of panels purchased so if you’re buying in large quantities of willow and hazel hurdles you can make huge savings!