Fencing: Past, Present & Future
Last week's edition of the NWTT blog focused on rejuvenating outdoor spaces for the New Year, explaining the many different fence panel options offered by NWTT. In this article, we look deeper into the history of fencing and how it has shaped the world as we know it today.
- Fencing dates back thousands of years and, though working practices and the quality of materials have evolved significantly, the basic idea, processes involved and reasons for building fences remain largely unchanged
- Fences were first used as a means of defence, erected around villages to prevent people from other areas from attacking. Today, we still use fences to protect property in this way
- Fences were an instrumental step in establishing the concept of 'private property', creating a visible, physical boundary around what people defined as their own belongings. They made land disputes, which were previously defined by word of mouth, far less confused and complicated, contributing immeasurably to the collective acceptance of people's personal space
- As well as keeping unwanted intruders out, fences were used to keep livestock contained. As agriculture continued to develop into a dominant force, fences were used to define land and outline where each farmer could grow their crops
- Today, fences come in all shapes and sizes, from small ones that surround private garden to massive agricultural, municipal, commercial and industrial fences. The world's longest fence is in Australia and stretches for a remarkable 5,531km (3,437 miles). It encloses the main areas where sheep are raised, protecting the precious livestock from attack by dingoes
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