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Shortage Of Garden Fencing

Prices have rocketed to record levels as a result of a "perfect storm" of severe winter weather and a house­bu­ilding boom.

Gardeners have been hit by a national shortage of fences at the height of the DIY season - with panels changing hands for up to four times their usual price on the black market.

Prices have rocketed to record levels as a result of a "perfect storm" of severe winter weather and a house­bu­ilding boom.

Many DIY chains and hardware stores have run out of traditional lap fencing, which is being offered for up to £80 a panel to panic buyers on the black market.

There has even been a spate of thefts of wooden fence panels from people's gardens.

Industry experts say the crisis is worse than 2007 when severe gale-force winds last sparked such a huge surge in demand from homeowners needing to replace wrecked fences.

A firm, which supplies timber products to DIY and gardening stores nationwide, has taken on 100 new workers to try and meet a fivefold rise in demand for fence panels.

"The shortage is primarily due to insufficient raw material availa­bility, caused by both the recent upturn in demand for construction timber and the unusual series of five major storm periods since November of last year, leading to a dramatic upturn in demand for replacement fence panels.

Simone Gallen, editor of magazine Fencing & Landscaping News, said that there are reports of DIY enthusiasts going to great lengths to grab any available timber as demand outstrips supply from sawmills.

She said: "There is panic buying with prices soaring since the storms at the end of 2013.

"Levels of demand are even higher than in 2007 and we are hearing the same stories of £20 fencing panels changing hands on the black market for up to £80."

Home owners are also becoming victims of fence panel theft.

“Here at Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire we have fence panels for sale so come along to our Whalley Road Yard or give us a ring and get your fence panels today”.

  

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