A mild spring has meant more Brits have ventured into their gardens for some outdoor DIY, leading to an increased demand for fencing panels, Mr Sulman has said.

This followed a mild winter in Scandanavia that affected the volume of timber being harvested and exported to the UK and storms earlier in the year that caused damage to fencing across Britain.

“All these factors combine to create a shortage and to contribute to rising prices,” Mr Sulman said.

However, he added that there was good news to come out of a potential fencing shortage, with sawmills working at full capacity to meet demand and alternative types of wood fencing being used.

Mr Sulman was interviewed about the fencing shortage by BBC Radio Essex and is the latest industry figure to be quizzed on the matter, with TTJ editor Mike Jeffree interviewed live by BBC Radio Northampton.