FG12: Wooden field gate

Find out about eligibility and requirements for the wooden field gate item.

How much will be paid

£390 per gate.

Where to use this item

Available for Mid Tier, Higher Tier and woodland creation grant.

Only along with a management option or boundary restoration item

Where this item cannot be used

  • where gate posts are placed on historic or archaeological features identified in the HEFER
  • to replace an existing gate or wooden wings

How this item will benefit the environment

Wooden gates will help stock management, or stop livestock from accessing an area where they may cause damage, such as a historic or archaeological feature.

Wooden wings for gates stockproofs ditch crossing points by linking the gate to the ditch edge.


Wooden field gate

  • construct the gate out of timber in a style that is traditional to the local area
  • if there is no local gate style then construct the gate to these specifications:
Section Gates up to 3m wide Gates 3m and over wide
Top rail 100mm by 75mm 125mm by 75mm
Top rail tapered to 75mm by 75mm 75mm by 75mm
Under rails 75mm by 25mm 75mm by 25mm
Braces 75mm by 25mm 75mm by 25mm
Hanging style 100mm by 75mm 125mm by 75mm
Shutting style 75mm by 75mm 75mm by 75mm
  • hang and clap all styles of gate separately from an adjoining fence line – do not use the hanging post as an end strainer
  • either set gate posts at least 900mm into the ground and surround with concrete at least:
    • 450mm by 450mm wide
    • 600mm deep
  • or erect gate posts without concrete surrounds and set at least 1.1m below the ground surface, with the soil compacted around the posts in 150mm layers
  • weather cap the top of the gate posts

Wooden wings for gates

  • install wings on both sides of the gate
  • each wing must consist of at least 3 wooden rails fixed between 2 posts
  • do not fix the rails to the hanging post of the gate
  • rails must be at least 38mm by 87mm
  • posts must be at least:

    • 100mm diameter half round
    • 1.8m long
    • sunk 0.7 m into the ground

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 proposed location for the gates or wings

Advice and suggestions for how to carry out this item

The following section gives advice on carrying out this item successfully but does not form part of the requirements for this item.

Constructing the gates

Frame the gates soundly and use wooden materials. All gates should match in height with the adjoining fence and have the appropriate fittings for their operation.

If gateways need widening during wall or bank restoration, or to create a new opening, planning permission may be needed. Consult the Local Planning Authority or the National Park Authority about hedgerow regulations and the permission needed.

Using wooden wings

Wooden wings can be used to extend the stockproof width of the gate where this is necessary, for example where a gateway is over a culvert or adjacent to a ditch or dyke.

These are only likely to be necessary where they are already a feature of the landscape, such as on grazing marshes.

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. Information updated for applications in 2016.
  3. First published.