Being Sustainable matters

Sustainable Fencing - Explore our top tips

We examine why choosing sustainable fencing is both good for you and the environment and discuss some of the areas for consideration when choosing a fence or gate.

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    Here you will find Frequently Asked Questions about Jacksons and our products including About our Timber, Installation and Jakcure Treatment. You will also find an A-Z Fencing dictionary which we have created to help you understand all fencing terms that may be used on our site and by fencing contractors or Approved Installers.

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Why Jacksons Fencing is Sustainable

Our products have a close to zero carbon footprint due to their longevity. During the lifespan of our products - 25 years and longer - a new tress can grow. Timber is a renewable resource which makes it sustainable when treated correctly. Swipe through our process cycle on the right for more information.

Why should we choose sustainable fencing?

Timber is a hugely important organic construction material, recognised for its versatility and durability. It is widely used across a range of different applications, from residential garden boundaries to commercial premises, and as such it is necessary to consider how responsibly we use this resource to ensure its longevity. Not all timber is the same, so it makes sense to know more about what you’re buying before you make that purchase commitment.

We will discuss the things you should look for when choosing a fence, such as recognised certification programmes and the timber treatment process. Even if you choose fencing which has been certified as using sustainable wood, if the quality of the materials used is substandard, then this is counterproductive and you may end up having to replace your fence frequently. Therefore using more wood anyway, regardless of whether it’s from a sustainable source.

Quality materials last longer

Firstly, the right species of timber for the purpose should be selected before the all important preservative treatment, design and construction process. If all these elements are right first then the FSC or PEFC certification has a more meaningful context as the best use has been made of the timber, and a product that provides a long life ultimately means less deforestation.

Installation and replacement costs

A large part of the cost is installation, whether it’s to replace or install a new fence or gate, so it helps to have a long guarantee to minimise these costs, and also the effect on the environment.

The pros and cons for softwood and hardwood


  • Low cost - 75-80% of the world’s timber is softwood and readily available.
  • Faster growing with a low footprint - softwood species are faster growing than hardwoods meaning the that the same area of land produces more usable timber.
  • Easier to manufacture - softwood timber species like pine, cedar, larch and spruce are easier to machine and manipulate so require less intensive and expensive manufacturing processes.
  • Cost comparison - less expensive than hardwood, even if FSC or PEFC certified. Softwood when pressure treated with the correct preservatives is safe to humans, animals and plants.
  • It is typically safer than composite products such as plywood, MDF and particle board, that often contain resins, and safer than some hardwoods that can cause irritation or allergic reactions.

non-timber fencing options

what are the Other options?

Over recent years, metal and composite materials have emerged as fencing and gate materials in Europe, ranging from aluminium to recycled plastics.

Colour coated aluminium or steel fence panels can lend a contemporary feel to a space and are both strong and durable. However, they tend to rely on the quality of their coatings to provide resistance to oxidisation or rust and are typically, significantly more expensive than timber as they are energy intensive and costly to manufacture.

If you’re looking for materials with low environmental impact, vinyl (PVC or polyvinyl chloride) has to be discounted as the manufacturing process creates harmful dioxins and the material itself suffers from leaching toxic chemical stabilizers when in ground.