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No cut hedge - Gabion basket wall

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No cut hedge - Gabion basket wall

"A long time ago

I made a pledge,

To build myself

a no cut hedge".


....and so the project began. The first job was to dig a trench 36 metres long by 800mm wide to clear the topsoil down to about 320mm deep to the subsoil as the wall needed a firm base.


The bottom of the gabion basket was to be level with the path along the side of the house, so a laser level was used to establish a data line along the existing wooden fence posts.


From this data line, I then measured down to my chosen level and erected 200mm high boxing along the full length of the wall as, and even though it was relatively level overall, one end of the wall needed to be raised up a little to keep it level and at the other end a little bit of the dirt needed to be retained to stop it falling onto the gabion basket when finished.


 Although the height to the depth of the wall was less than the 2:1 ratio (975 high: 525 deep) and not requiring support posts. I had railway iron posts 1700mm long on hand, which were used as follows: -


The bottom layer of the basket was cut to size and laid.  The two end posts were marked and erected and then a string line was pulled between them to keep all the rest of the posts in a straight line. The hole spacings were marked out 1.3 -1.5M apart and the mesh cut. Using a post hole digger, the holes were dug to a depth of approximately 750mm deep. Next step was to put the posts in with the face of the post on the string line as I was making my own baskets from full sheets of mesh, and as it was only one basket right through with no baffles and the baskets were not going to be built in modules, so it was necessary to do it this way to avoid a wobble in the wall line. (The baskets were in two sections, one at 2 metres wide and the other 33 metres wide with a one metre gap in between for the gate).


A T- stick was placed across the top of the boxing marked at 750mm above the final ground level to keep the posts at a consistent height and ensure they were within the recommended 1.5 times the depth from the top for support posts.


When all the support posts were in place, the base was backfilled with 10 tonnes of a gravel mix from the local quarry which was then rammed tight with an electric jack hammer in three layers to within 50mm from the top of the boxing. Once this was done, the top was screed with some finer river gravel to give the baskets and rocks something to bed into.




It was now time to make the baskets (see DIY spiral winder machine for gabion baskets post).


Another reason for installing the support posts was that I wanted to keep the front and back faces consistent and even so that the mesh didn’t end up with wobbles and bulges as you looked along the length of the fence.


To achieve this I made a jig out of a piece flat metal and angle iron. In the flat metal two holes were spaced 525mm apart ( equal to the exact depth of the mesh)  and then slotted so that they would clip onto the wires of the mesh. The angle iron was then welded onto the flat at the exact correct distance that the face of the post was supposed to be from the wall face. When it came to installing, the brace wire was hooked onto the front face of the mesh and, with the jig in position, the wire was pulled tight, wrapped around the post and then hooked onto the back face. For the intermediary brace wires between the posts the jigs were used to stop the faces spreading.




Another reason for not installing baffles or building the baskets in modules was that the schist rock was lineal in dimension, and I wanted a continuous look profile in keeping with the house. This made the placing of the rock easier as it was done in runs along the fence. All the rock was placed by hand on both faces (yes, that did mean climbing in and out of the baskets until the layers were high enough to be reached from the outside)! Smaller rock, building rubble and quarry blasted chip was used to fill the middle.40155050-576B-4C64-8C94-28A5395DEACB.png

Once all that was done the baskets were ready for rock filling, and an estimated 30 tonnes of rock was carted and placed by hand to complete the job.




"I can now relax in my slippers,

Finally, I have laid to rest,

And entombed,

My old hedge clippers!"





  • 75mm square galvinised reinforcing mesh
  • 3.15mm low tensile wire
  • railway iron support posts
  • timber
  • gravel 
  • rock


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Re: No cut hedge - Gabion basket wall

Love your work, @Xfarma21! Your fence is the perfect framing for that picturesque outlook, and you've certainly done it justice. The use of the flat stones works so well with the cages and gives a very historic look and feel. Entombing your old shears is also a nice touch. 


Many thanks for sharing all the steps involved, as I trust many of our members will find inspiration in your project and want to give this project a crack themselves.


Well done!




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Re: No cut hedge - Gabion basket wall

Good Morning @Xfarma21  :smile:

Love that fence and man it looks nice! I was shocked at first that you had no ties but understood once I read through and it makes sense. 

I have a question tho, Do you think the railroad posts were necassary or you just wanted it to be even more solid? I like the idea of the hidden posts making it stronger but that would have been a lot more work. 


Definently like the RIP to the Hedge Clippers :smile: Oh yeah! 


How long has the wall been up and has it settled at all? That base you have done would be pretty solid. My wall has only dipped maybe 1cm where the trench was before I put the wall in. I didnt compact the ground as you have I just used a hand compacter. Your wall looks so professional.


Oh, one last thing.....

"Gabion Walls Rock!"



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Re: No cut hedge - Gabion basket wall

Hello Dave, thanks for your comments. No the posts (from my ex farm) were not necessary as my fence height to depth was less than the 2:1 ratio. ( i.e. my depth was 525mm so my allowable height before support posts were required was

2 x 525mm = 1050mm). My wall was only 975mm high, however, at the ends of the fence, and as I wanted the 33M width divided into thirds, I installed columns (1275mm high) which exceeded that ratio. These required support posts.

 My side sheets were the full width of 5025mm before I joined them with the spirals and as I had no baffles, the posts helped me keep things straight. Yes it made it stronger and more work, but no problem for a recently retired farmer! 
The wall was completed September 2022 and has shown no obvious signs of slumping.

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Re: No cut hedge - Gabion basket wall

Morning @Xfarma21 

I like the colums :smile: It really lifts it up from just a straight wall. I had a look at my main wall this morning and its still vertical :smile: Tho didnt have a level with me lol Your fence is a decent fence. One thing Ive always thought, what happens to our projects when we move on? Well really it means we get a bunch of new ones to start with! Plus the old ones, if we have managed them right should be around for a fair few years :smile:


Thanks for letting us know :smile:



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