Civil engineering incorporates the design, construction and maintenance of infrastructure.

Pipelines for civil engineering (civils) works usually refers to the installation of pipelines for public utility services such as electricity, gas or drainage, telecommunications, transport links, water, sanitation, or even security, that are installed prior to the onset of actual above the ground construction.

Clearly, pipelines can be located in rural or remote areas and cover long distances. The fundamental requirement for civils fencing is to keep something out or something in, as a matter of health and safety, until the civils works are complete.

When pipelines cross rural areas the requisite fencing may need to accommodate wildlife, for example, barrier fencing for badgers or newts, or livestock, making it all the more necessary to use expert fencing contractors with the expertise and experience to manage such projects.

Stockdale Fencing are experts in pipeline and civil engineering-related fencing, with over 10 years of experience in the field.

We hold Construction Line Gold certification, all of our operatives are CSCS certified and have up-to-date medical certificates, and all machine operators are CPCS certified. Our machines are LOLER tested annually and comply with HS2-related regulations.

Our previous projects include pipelines, HS2 early environmental works, bypasses and motorways.

Stockdale Fencing | Newt, otter, and small animal fencing | Stacked timber

When buying and using preserved timber, it’s important to realise that not all treated wood is the same. The technical standards for wood preservation (set out in BS 8417) highlight different levels of protection into Use Classes so that treated wood with the correct level of preservative protection, at the correct level of penetration, is used in the correct setting.

  • Not all treated wood is the same.
  • Technical standards for wood preservation highlight the different levels of protection.
  • Wood with the appropriate level of protection for its location should be used.

Establishing the Use Class of timber necessary before starting a project ensures that wood treated for external use only is not used internally, and that wood suitable for interior use only is not used externally. In either of these instances the timber used would not be fit for purpose.

There are 3 main Use Classes for treated wood as set out by the WPA Code of practice for Industrial Wood preservation:

Use Class 2 is suitable for use inside, above ground, or for areas covered by a damp proof course. For example, timber used in construction such as sole plates, internal joists, roof battens or tiling battens.

Use Class 3 is suitable for outside, above ground use such as external construction timber that is uncoated. For example, decking boards, external cladding, or fence rails.

Use Class 4 is suitable for use in areas where the wood is permanently wet and providing exterior structural support, just providing exterior structural support, permanently wet with fresh water, actually in contact with the ground, or in very close contact with the ground. For example, in playground equipment, beams, deck posts and  joists, and fence posts.

So, as fence posts are providing exterior structural support in supporting the fence, are in permanent ground contact, near ground contact, or even in fresh water, use of Hazard Class 4 timber is essential. To use anything less for fencing not only compromises safety, but it will also undoubtedly reduce the service length of the fence.

At Stockdale Fencing we only use Hazard Class 4 timber. This is tanalised timber suitable for outdoor use and we only source our timber from reputable suppliers where timber can be traced back should you ever have any issues.

Stockdale Fencing | Equestrian and Stock Fencing | Repaired fence

Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (1998), or LOLER, requires that a business fully complies with health and safety regulations for any mechanical and lifting equipment and operation. At Stockdale Fencing, our machines are LOLER tested annually – but what is LOLER testing and what does it mean?

  • Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations or LOLER is a health and safety requirement for certain businesses.
  • At Stockdale Fencing, relevant machinery is LOLER tested annually.
  • What is LOLER testing and what does it mean for a business?

Lifting equipment refers to work equipment for lifting and lowering loads. This includes lifting accessories and attachments used for anchoring, fixing or supporting the equipment.

A lifting operation is an operation concerned with the lifting or lowering of a load where a load is the item or items being lifted, which includes a person or people.

LOLER requires that all equipment used for lifting is fit for purpose, appropriate for the task, suitably marked and often subject to statutory periodic thorough examination.

So, a business or organisation which undertakes lifting operations or is involved in providing lifting equipment for others to use, must manage and control risks to avoid any injury or damage.

This means that any relevant equipment or machinery is inspected, tested, and declared safe for use through compliance with LOLER regulations – just one of the reasons why at Stockdale  we are experts in pipeline and civil engineering-related fencing.

Stockdale Fencing | Badger, otter, newt, and small animal fencing | Fencing worker

Holding Constructionline Gold Accreditation shows that a company conforms to all requirements in various areas including environmental and quality management or health and safety.

Many projects require potential suppliers to hold the appropriate accreditations to show that they are suitably qualified to take on the project supplier.

If a provider holds Constructionline Gold Accreditation, clients know that they aim high to be a compliant, capable, and safe contractor, dedicated to high levels of customer service.

The Construction Skills Accreditation Scheme (CSCS) provides holders in roles such as labourers, skilled workers, supervisors, and professionally qualified persons, with verification that they are suitably trained and qualified to do their job on site.

The Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) is designed to ensure that workers who operate large plant on construction sites have the appropriate skills and qualifications.

As experts in pipeline and civil engineering-related fencing, we place the highest emphasis on safety and professionalism. We hold Construction Line Gold certification, all of our operatives are CSCS certified and have up-to-date medical certificates, and all machine operators are CPCS certified.

Stockdale Fencing | Newt, otter, badger and small animal fencing | Badger

Badgers are large burrowing mammals whose numbers have increased over the last 10 years, especially around Cheshire and the North West.

The Protection of badgers Act 1992 means that badgers and their setts, notwithstanding certain exemptions, are legally protected. Put bluntly, this means that it is a criminal offence to wilfully kill, attempt to kill, injure or take a badger, or intentionally or recklessly damage a badger’s sett.

This could include knowingly damaging or destroying any part of it, obstructing access or entrance to it, causing a dog to enter it or disturbing a badger when it is occupying the sett.

However, badgers can cause damage by rooting and digging pits in lawns and turf when foraging for food such as earthworms or insect larvae. They can damage soft fruit crops, the lower branches of fruit trees, dig up and eat root vegetables, and even flower bulbs. They are also known to raid dustbins as well as creating extensive tunnel systems that have the potential to result in a risk of subsidence.

In dairy farming areas particularly, a serious concern regarding the movement of badgers is that they are likely to be hosts for TB and that infected badgers can transmit bovine TB to cattle and other animals, and vice versa.

In addition, badgers – the biggest UK land predator – are powerfully built and stocky. Fully grown they are just under a metre long, can weigh between 10-12kg, and yet are capable of passing through a gap of only 7.5cm. If they wander into roads, particularly in the dark, they can cause serious accidents, significant damage to vehicles, or be killed themselves.

Obviously, the ability to keep badgers away from livestock and roads is an important concern which is why some areas and farms install badger fencing to protect cattle from the spread of the disease, people and badgers from the potential risk of accidents on roads, and the general damage that they can cause in gardens, smallholdings, orchards or crops.

Not only can badger fencing can be a stand-alone fence, it can also be used in conjunction with post and rail fencing or livestock fencing. It uses strong, high tensile wire netting which can endure a high amount of stress before failing or breaking. This prevents badgers from tearing through or climbing over the fence, and which is usually helped by an overhang at the top which faces away from the area to be protected. In addition, it is buried to between 30 and 60cm below the surface, often at an angle to stop the badger from burrowing underneath.

At Stockdale Fencing we are well aware of the problems caused by badgers in Cheshire and the North West. We have years of experience in the installation of badger fencing, and we can offer advice and fencing solutions tailored to your specific issue.

Stockdale Fencing | Equestrian and Stock Fencing | Fledgling birds

Act Now for Spring Harmony

As winter relinquishes its grasp and the promise of spring beckons, agricultural contractors and landowners, it’s time to turn your attention to the vital upkeep of trees, hedges and fences.

Beyond the visual appeal, there’s a crucial ecological responsibility: ensuring any work that may affect these natural habitats is completed before the bird nesting season takes flight. Bird nesting season varies depending on species but generally runs from March to August.

Understanding the Time Sensitivity

With the end of February looming, the urgency to act becomes paramount. Every day counts in preparing your land for the impending bird nesting season. Waiting until the last minute risks coinciding with early nesting, potentially causing unnecessary disturbance and possibly even landing you in hot water with the law!

Why February Matters

  1. Early Bird Nesting Preparation: Acting before the end of February ensures your tree and hedge work is completed well ahead of birds actively seeking nesting sites.
  2. Legal Compliance Assurance: Timing is key for legal compliance. Undertaking maintenance before February ends ensures alignment with wildlife protection laws, keeping you in the clear.
  3. Secure Your Spot: Booking our services before the rush of spring ensures your preferred schedule, allowing our team to efficiently address your needs while prioritising bird safety.

Benefits of Swift Action

  1. Proactive Habitat Preservation: Early intervention guarantees your natural habitats remain robust, providing secure locations for birds to nest and nurture their young.
  2. Avoiding Disturbance: Completing tree and hedge work, as well as any fencing work that may interfere with these, before the nesting season means minimal disturbance to nesting birds, reducing stress and preserving habitat integrity.
  3. Peace of Mind: Get ahead of the curve and enjoy peace of mind, knowing your property is not only visually appealing but also a haven for local wildlife.

Take the Initiative: Call Us Today!

We understand the time-sensitive nature of this work and are here to assist you in ensuring a seamless transition from winter to spring. Don’t let the opportunity slip away – give us a call now to book your tree and hedge maintenance services before the end of February.

Stockdale Fencing | Equestrian and Stock Fencing | Fencing machinery

 

Today we want to shed light on a key aspect of our operations that sets us apart in the agricultural and equestrian fencing industry — our use of advanced tracked machinery. At Stockdale Fencing we take pride in our commitment to innovation, efficiency and delivering exceptional results for our clients. Let’s delve into the remarkable advantages that tracked machinery brings to the table, especially during the challenging winter months.

Conquering Wet Conditions

Winter brings wet and muddy challenges, making construction and fencing projects a daunting task. However, with our state-of-the-art tracked machinery, we can navigate and operate in these conditions with ease.

The tracks distribute the weight of the machinery evenly, reducing ground pressure and minimising the impact on wet ground. This capability ensures that we can continue our work during inclement weather and safeguards the integrity of the surrounding landscape.

Minimal Ground Disturbance

When it comes to equestrian fencing and stock fencing projects, minimising ground disturbance is crucial. Traditional wheeled machinery can create deep ruts and tear up the ground, causing disruptions that may take a significant amount of time and resources to rectify.

Our tracked machinery, however, glides smoothly over the ground, leaving minimal disturbance in its wake. This ensures that your property retains its natural aesthetics while we efficiently complete the fencing project.

No More Getting Stuck

One of the most significant headaches in winter agricultural and equestrian fencing installations is the risk of machinery getting stuck, in wet or uneven terrains.

Tracked machinery eliminates this concern by providing superior traction and stability. The tracks grip the ground securely, preventing slippage and ensuring that our machines can navigate through challenging landscapes without the fear of getting stuck.

This results in a seamless workflow, saving time and preventing unnecessary delays in project completion.

Reduced Environmental Impact

At Stockdale Fencing, we prioritise sustainable and eco-friendly practices. The use of tracked machinery aligns with this commitment by reducing our environmental footprint. With less ground disturbance and minimal mess, we contribute to the preservation of the natural ecosystem around your property. This is particularly important when working on projects such as equestrian fencing, where the well-being of animals and the surrounding environment is paramount.

Enhanced Precision in Project Execution

Tracked machinery offers superior maneuverability and control, allowing us to execute precise fencing installations.

Whether it’s equestrian fencing that demands a delicate touch or stock fencing requiring accuracy in placement, our tracked machines enable us to achieve optimal results. This precision ensures that your fencing not only serves its practical purpose but also adds aesthetic value to your property.

In conclusion, the use of tracked machinery at Stockdale Fencing is a testament to our commitment to providing the best possible solutions for your fencing projects.

If you’re considering equestrian fencing or any kind of agricultural fencing project, contact us to discuss your fencing needs and experience the difference that advanced technology can make in your project’s success.

 

Although traditional post and rail fencing has been a popular choice for many years, to maintain strength and longevity it needs proper maintenance, especially over winter. After several weeks of exposure to the wind, rain, hail, and various other winter elements, the wooden timber in post and rail being can be at risk of rotting, weakening and at risk of breaking, which in turn leaves livestock or horses vulnerable. So how do you prepare and protect your post and rail fencing?

  • Post and rail fencing is a popular choice for many fencing applications.
  • Wooden fencing can experience a lot of damage over winter leaving both fence and the livestock vulnerable.
  • How can you protect and prepare post and rail fencing from damage due to bad weather?

So, before the winter season ends, there are steps you can take to give them the best chance of survival.

Firstly, check that post and rail boundary fences are secure and that the posts are set firmly and solidly in the ground. Remove any large or loose objects near the fence that might hit and damage it when the wind gets up. Try and clear away high grass that’s touching the fence so that it doesn’t stay wet even when it isn’t raining, or if possible, try to ensure that the base of the post has adequate drainage to wick water away.

Preserve and protect the timber by treating it with preservative and wood stain, or paint. Stain will protect by penetrating the wood while painting protects by forming a barrier on the surface. Remember to treat the tops of cut posts and the ends where they join other pieces of timber. Any unprotected wood can lead to water ingress which in turn can lead to rot.

If you notice any damage to the fence and need to repair or replace a rail, consider using screws rather than nails. Although nails are quicker, easier, and cheaper, screws don’t rust, they are more secure, and less likely to be pulled out under pressure from sagging wood.

With traditional, synthetic and split post and rail fencing to choose from, most fencing contractors will also offer 2, 3 and even 4 rail options. Using cheap rails can expose, weaken and even allow animals to easily escape so it is extremely important to choose high quality rails such as fully galvanised 100mm ring shank nails. Whilst this may initally appear to be a more costly option, taken over the whole life costs of the fence, it may well be an investment work making.

Unfortunately, choosing cheaper options when it comes to post and rail may end up being false economy if it just collapses due to high winds and inclement winter weather.

Timely repair and maintenance can lengthen the life of post and rail fencing. If you’re considering involving a professional fencing company, it’s probably worth making sure that they are CPCS, CSCS, & NPTC qualified, and fully insured.

Stockdale Fencing | Livestock Fencing | Fields

It’s hedge and tree planting season! Let’s take a look at the many benefits of planting new hedges and trees. Planting is best undertaken between October and February and is a service that we offer throughout these months.

Enhanced Biodiversity: Planting hedges and trees creates vital habitats for wildlife, fostering biodiversity and promoting a healthier ecosystem.

Aesthetics: Increase the charm and appeal of your property with lush greenery and natural boundaries.

Erosion Control: Protect your land from soil erosion and improve water quality with strategically planted hedges and trees.

Privacy and security: Hedges can be your natural solution to privacy and security. By strategically planting hedges, you create a living, green screen that shields your property from prying eyes

Funding is available to cover up to 100% of the cost of planting new trees and hedges, we can help with this process.

Ready to explore the benefits of hedge and tree planting? Contact us today to discuss your project, and let’s transform your land together.

Stockdale Fencing | Post and rail fencing | Misty muddy track and broken fence

Whether for livestock, equestrian, civils, or domestic use, as autumn and winter approach and the weather become ever more unpredictable, it’s a good time to check your fences or get them checked professionally.

If they need maintenance, now is the time. Autumn’s piled up wet leaves create increased moisture which although it may not be immediately noticeable, encourages decay which can leave the fence unstable, while winter snow, ice, wind, and rain are only going to lessen a fence’s lifespan.

While wet weather may hinder some maintenance, we are fully equipped to work in wet conditions, and with tracked vehicles there is no risk of us getting stuck, or making too much mess.

Besides which, maintenance is likely to be easier before the weather gets too bad so it’s a good idea to reapply protective stain if necessary and repair or replace any structural damage such as broken, rotting, and damaged boards, posts, and rails.

And, if you decide that your fence needs a complete overhaul or even replacement, we can remove and dispose of old fencing before we begin installing your new fence. All the materials we use are built to last and all of our timber is pressure treated to a minimum standard of HC4 which can provide a service life of 10 Years.