FG2: Sheep netting

Find out about eligibility and requirements for the sheep netting item.

How much will be paid

£4.90 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


  • 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 there this item will protect environmental features from livestock. It will also help 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 steel wire mesh fence at least 1.05m high
  • use additional strands of galvanised steel wire (plain or barbed) if you need extra height
  • use straining posts that have a top diameter of at least 125mm, or are 100 by 100mm in cross-section when sawn
  • make sure the straining posts are 1.85m long if set in concrete and 2.15m long otherwise
  • place the straining posts no more than 150m apart if using mild steel line wire, or 300m apart for high tensile wire
  • use a straining post at every change of direction (horizontal or vertical) and at each end of the fence
  • use struts that have a top diameter of at least 80mm, or are 75mm by 75mm when sawn
  • make sure the struts are 1.6m if set in concrete and 1.9m long otherwise
  • notch struts into the straining post at an angle of no more than 45 degrees
  • use intermediate posts that have a top diameter of at least 65mm, or are 75mm by 75mm when sawn
  • make sure the intermediate posts are 1.7m long and space them no further than 3.5m apart
  • make sure that all the materials you use 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 feature 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.