When it comes to fencing, a national trend appears to be developing. That’s according to Forest Garden, the nation’s largest manufacturer and distributor of wooden garden products, which supplies over 3,000 stores throughout the UK and major online retailers.
The company launched its new range of pre-painted, grey contemporary slatted fence panels early in 2020 and expected the sales to develop over a 12-month period. Instead, sales have rocketed and are well ahead of budget.
The most popular product in the range is the 1.8m square double slatted fence panel designed with a sleek and modern look. The slats are mounted alternately on the front and back of the panel, which means passers-by can’t peer through them, but light and air can flow through.
Head of marketing at Forest Garden, Lynsey Grinnell, said: “Sales of these panels are literally sailing away, definitely reflecting the trend we have seen over the past few years for slatted panels. Grey looks understated and modern in a garden and provides a good backdrop for planting. At this time of year plants such as striking blue Agapanthus or purple Verbena bonariensis look fantastic against grey panels. Delicate red Acers or bold, big-leafed Caster Oil plants can look just as good.
“Our original contemporary slatted panels in natural wood also continue as a strong seller and we are seeing people painting them all sorts of colours. One customer painted hers jet black, inspired by what she’d seen on a trip to Japan.”
Grey Painted Contemporary Slatted fence panel: This simple, slatted panel, available in 1.8m x 1.8m, has clean contemporary lines and is a perfect fit in any urban garden. It’s a great choice for creating a partition or boundary where full privacy is not required and with a total thickness of 54mm for the slats and frame combined, this is a very robust panel.
Grey Painted Contemporary Double Slatted fence panel: This 1.8m x 1.8m fence panel features slats mounted alternately on the front and back of the panel. With this arrangement the panel offers privacy, whilst still letting some light and air flow through.
Grey Painted Contemporary Mix Slatted fence panel: This features a combination of deep boards and shallow slats resulting in an interesting and contemporary look. The panel is ideal for small spaces as well as for the partitioning and screening of larger areas. It is also suitable for garden boundaries where full privacy is not required.
Slatted Pergola Arch Grey: Forest Garden’s new arch takes on more traditional garden structures. Made with simple straight timber slats, this arch has a clean, modern appearance which is complemented by a factory applied high quality grey paint finish. This modern garden structure is ideal for creating a gateway to a garden. It also works well in smaller spaces and courtyards, establishing an instant focal point.
Grey Painted Contemporary Double Slatted Fence Panel – 180(h) x 180(w)cm – £129.99
Grey Painted Contemporary Slatted Fence Panel – 181(h) x 180(w)cm – £129.99
Grey Painted Contemporary Mix Slatted Fence Panel – 180(h) x 180(w)cm – £109.99
Slatted Pergola Arch – Grey – 217(h) x 154(w) x 55(d)cm – £219.99
All the above products are manufactured from FSC certified timber from sustainable sources that is pre-treated with an aqueous industrial wood preservative prior to painting and has a 10 year anti-rot guarantee.
To maintain the finish, it is recommended that the products be repainted after 3 years. For repainting or touching-up a suitable exterior paint should be colour matched to RAL7016 in a semi-gloss finish or the original Teknos factory paint NORDICA EKO 3330-17, colour code TM-9587/15, can be sourced.
Forest Garden products are available from online retailers. Visit www.forestgarden.co.uk to check stockists.