The customer in this instance is a local land and business owner. The customer is planning to open a new dog walking paddock in a busy part of Cheshire.
The main challenge with this job is access. The field is located on a busy main road with a narrow gateway. Not only does this cause a challenge for us, as we have some large pieces of machinery to bring onto the field, but it will also be a problem for the dog walking customers.
The field itself is quite straightforward from a fencing point of view. There is a slight slope and some long grass but nothing that causes any points of concern.
As a solution to the access issues, we recommended installing a bell-mouth gateway (a wide gateway, shaped like a bell) and hard-standing area for easy access.
We started off this job by widening the gateway so that we could get our trucks and machines onto the land and safely off the busy road. Next up was a spot of veg clearance, using our mower to clear the new fence line so that we could peg out the area to be fenced, and have this approved by the customer.
Once the placement of the new fence line was approved, the team went to work with the fencing installation. We use Dog Field Fence netting from Tornado Wire Ltd, a product specifically designed for dog paddocks. We have also used this netting to fence around gardens and footpaths, where customers need to keep dogs in or out of their property. Dog Field Fence is a high tensile wire that stands 1.8m high. The holes in this wire are just 50mm x 100mm, making it effective at containing even the smallest of dogs.
We install this netting on 9ft posts with a 12ft strainer every 50 meters, or at every significant change of direction. For the gate, we used a 6ft high full mesh deer gate. The gate is secured with an electronic keypad combination padlock.
Once the fencing was complete, we got to work with the groundwork. This entailed leveling a small area and stoning up the gateway and parking area. We used our 3-tonne excavator for this.
This dog paddock is now ready for the customer to add the finishing touches to, such as dog toys and shelter. The paddock is 100% secure and safe for dog walkers to let their dogs run freely, knowing that they are safe and away from the road. The hard standing is a mud-free place for the customers to park and unload their dogs.