This year’s flower and garden shows were awash with decorative fencing panels used to great effect as stylish borders and screens. This echoes the fact that fences are no longer seen as basic necessities to mark a boundary but, rather, as a stylish statement in their own right. The right fence can add a complementary, or contrasting, element to a planting scheme, and entirely transform a garden.


The RHS Chelsea Flower Show, for example, showcased a number of show gardens using fence panels with bold, straight double slatted panels which work beautifully to enhance the modernist, urban theme that was popular this year. The sleek lines worked well with the concrete and structural plants such as alliums that were used. The same style was also used in more traditional, cottage style schemes to heighten the effect of the frothy, relaxed planting of plants such as cottagey foxgloves and blousy roses.

Whichever style you favour, the look can be easily and simply recreated in your own garden, with the Double Slatted Panel from Forest Garden. This pressure treated, six-foot fence panel is substantial and stylish, and will give your garden the Chelsea look with minimal effort, transforming the space into a considered, designed area, instantly updating the look.

If you want a fence panel that shouts a little bit louder, the Europa Kyoto Screen has a similarly modern style, but finished with an added flourish of an attractive, horizontal weave slatted top section. This design would work well in a garden that encourages climbers to ramble overhead, filling the air with fragrance.

Forest Garden’s Decorative Panels range has an extensive variety of styles, each of which will give your garden an instant makeover, as well as show garden appeal.

To view the entire range of fence panels, visit

All products are designed at the company’s head office and manufactured at its Worcestershire Sawmill division – M&M Timber.

Products can be ordered nationwide through online retailers, high street multiples and garden centres.


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