FG1: Fencing

Find out about eligibility and requirements for the fencing item.

How much will be paid

£4.00 per metre (m).

Where to use this item

Available for Mid Tier, Higher Tier and woodland creation grant


  • in conjunction with a habitat management or creation option where new fencing is required to meet the option grazing requirements


  • to prevent water pollution in areas targeted for the reduction of water pollution caused by farming


  • to protect environmental features

Where this item cannot be used

  • on historic or archaeological features as identified in the HEFER
  • on a site where a fence has previously received a grant

How this item will benefit the environment

If successful this item will help control livestock and protect environmental features. It will also help to manage habitats.


  • remove all old fencing material before putting up the new fencing
  • use softwood timber that is fully peeled, coated with wood preservative and pressure treated, or treated with an approved preservative - untreated durable timber can be used as set out in the Forestry Commission guide to forest fencing
  • put up a fence at least 1.05m high
  • use strands of galvanised 4mm mild plain steel wire or 2.5mm barbed wire
  • use enough strands to control the livestock
  • use straining posts that are at least 125mm by 125mm square (or have a 100mm top diameter) and are at least 1.87m long
  • set the straining posts at least 750mm into the ground and no more than 150m apart
  • place a straining post at every change of direction (horizontal or vertical) and at each end of the fence
  • use struts that are 75mm by 75mm square, or have a 65mm top diameter, and 1.87m long
  • set the struts at least 450mm into the ground and mortise them into the straining post
  • use intermediate posts that are 75mm by 75mm square (or have a 65mm top diameter) and 1.75m long
  • set the intermediate posts at least 600mm in the ground and no more than 3.5m apart
  • make sure that all the materials meet the relevant British Standards - examine copies of the most up-to-date standards for guidance

Do not:

Keeping records

Agreement holders will need to keep the following records and supply them on request:

  • any consents or permissions connected with the work
  • receipted invoices, or bank statements where a receipted invoice is unavailable
  • please see the record keeping and inspection requirements as set out in the Mid Tier manual for more detail

Agreement holders will need to keep the following records and supply them with the claim:

  • photographs of the completed work

Applicants will have to send the following with their application:

  • photographs of the existing site

This item can be used on the same length as the following supplement:

Further information

See the Mid Tier manual or Higher Tier manual or woodland creation grant manual to find out more about the scheme and how to apply.

Published 2 April 2015
Last updated 18 September 2017 + show all updates
  1. Capital item now includes woodland.
  2. Updated for 2017 applications.
  3. Information updated for applications in 2016.
  4. First published.