How can we allow public visitors pedestrian access to a covenant area, yet keep out stock and public vehicles?
We all know that normal farm gates can get left open with dire consequences and frustrations for the farmer.
A simple and cheap option is the traditional stile. This saves wear and tear on the fence (and clothes) and makes the protected area more 'user friendly'.
Able-bodied people can hop over a stile quite easily, but vehicles, stock and horses can't.
The main shortcomings of the stile are:
Grant Nelson, whose philanthropic organisation The Gama Foundation has covenanted several indigenous forest areas in the Canterbury region, has submitted an alternative idea that he has found successful.
The design cunningly combines a normal farm gate with the long-established 'kissing gate' idea, thus restricting public access but allowing free access by the land manager.
Grant writes: 'We have developed a method of allowing pedestrian access to a covenanted area without risking a farm gate being left open and stock getting in. This involves the use of two and a half fence posts.'
This would seem to be a valuable structure for anywhere on a farm where public are allowed access.
Thank you to Grant for this idea.
Open SpaceTM Magazine No.51, April 2001 © QEII National Trust