Hidden away in a hollow within ancient parkland, the National Trust’s Calke Abbey in Derbyshire, is a rare opportunity to see an historic landscape incorporated into parkland. Designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest and National Nature Reserve, some of the trees date back to the time well before the original Abbey was built in the 12th century. Extended from its Tudor boundaries in the late eighteenth century, Calke’s deer park now spans 67 acres of parkland. Protection of the thirty red deer, eighty fallow deer and rare Portland sheep that roam the grounds is a priority for the Abbey. Ben Chadfield of Chadfen fencing contractors in-conjunction with Bill Cove of the National Trust and Grounds Manager at Calke Abbey chose Hampton’s new metal strainer systems combined with Hampton NET™ deer and stock fencing to update some of the Abbey’s perimeter fencing.
Shortlisted for the Innovation Awards at LAMMA 2017, Hampton’s patented steel box and angle strainer systems offer superior strength, versatility and durability, providing the ideal fencing solution for the Abbey and peace of mind that they have chosen the best quality option.
‘We have years of experience as fencing contractors, working for many clients throughout Derbyshire, Staffordshire and the surrounding areas. More and more of our customers are wanting better quality posts to match the life span of the wire and not replacing posts 5-6 years down the line. Previous metal post systems have lacked robust strainers to cope with the strain of the wire when pulled to the correct tension but Hampton’s new metal strainer systems combined with the StapleloK intermediate posts will significantly improve the longevity of the fence with less ongoing maintenance being needed. They are a fantastic innovation that we will certainly be passing on and recommending to our clients; Calke Abbey were adamant they wanted the superior life span the metal posts could offer over the traditionally treated timber strainers. They look great and were easy to install.’ said Ben Chadfield of Chadfen Fencing
‘‘‘We want visitors to Calke to see the views around Calke Park and the livestock without noticing the physical barriers of management. Replacing the old wooden post and rail system with Hampton’s steel system helps us succeed in this. The fence and posts become almost invisible to the eye, perfectly blending with the surroundings’ said Bill Cove, the National Trust Countryside Manager for Calke Abbey.
Supplied in both angle and box strainer options, the metal strainer posts are offered in various lengths suitable for fence heights up to 2.6 metres high. The Hampton designed stainless steel post/strut connector allows for multiple struts to be attached to any Hampton strainer post; changes in direction are simple to accommodate where required.
Conveniently located bolts prevent fences from lifting under tension on undulating terrain.
Combined with Hampton’s intermediate metal post system, StapleloK, customers can be assured of a fully integrated metal post system that delivers on quality, versatility, strength and durability.
Contact Hampton’s experienced sales team to discuss your fencing requirements on 01933 234070. Visit the website to view the full Hampton product range www.hamptonsteel.co.uk