Building Eco-Friendly Fences at Mavronero Farm

Upon your initial visit to Mavronero Farm, you would undoubtedly be intrigued by our unique choice of fencing – a distinctive construction method utilizing olive tree cuttings and deadwood. This innovative and sustainable approach not only serves as a practical boundary but also contributes to environmental conservation by repurposing organic materials. In this article, we’ll explore how these unique fences are constructed, the benefits they offer for local wildlife, and what’s needed to build and maintain them.

Building the fence

The construction of the fences is a creative process that integrates the unique qualities of these branches. Here’s a step-by-step guide.

  1. Harvesting
    The first step in creating these eco-friendly fences is to gather materials from the farm. Olive tree cuttings, pruned during regular farm maintenance, and deadwood, which accumulates naturally, become the building blocks of the fence. This sustainable practice utilizes farm by-products that would otherwise go to waste.
  2. Preparing the vertical supports
    Identify multiple large branches that will serve as vertical supports for the fence. These branches will be hammered or dug into the ground at regular intervals along the fence line.
  3. Filling
    The space between the rows is filled with branches, twigs, reeds, roots or any relatively bulky material available. Unlike weaving or intertwining, the material between the vertical posts is stacked or layered. As the decomposition processes take place, the heap gradually settles, allowing for the addition of new material.
  4. Securing the fence
    The constructed fence is then anchored securely into the ground using wooden or metal posts to ensure stability and longevity. The use of traditional construction methods, such as mortise and tenon joints, can enhance the durability of the fence while maintaining its eco-friendly nature. Use natural fibers like jute or twine for weaving and securing the fence. Avoid synthetic materials to adhere to the eco-friendly principles of this fencing method.

Benefits for Animals and Insects

Habitat and Shelter

Tree cuttings fences provide a natural and organic habitat for various small animals, insects, and birds. Gaps in the fence allow easy movement for creatures seeking shelter or nesting sites.

Biodiversity Boost

The presence of these fences encourages biodiversity by supporting a variety of insects and pollinators. This, in turn, contributes to the health of the surrounding ecosystem.

Windbreak and Shade

The dense arrangement of cuttings creates a natural windbreak, protecting plants and animals from harsh winds. Additionally, the fence offers shade during the scorching Cypriot summers, creating a more comfortable environment for wildlife.

Building and Maintenance Requirements


Basic tools such as pruning shears, saws, and hammers are needed for harvesting and preparing materials, as well as for constructing and securing the fence.

Regular Maintenance

While these fences are durable, regular maintenance is essential. Trimming and reshaping may be required as the organic materials settle and adjust over time. This hands-on approach allows farmers to stay connected with their land and ensure the fence remains an integral part of the farm ecosystem.


The practice of building fences from tree cuttings and deadwood exemplifies a harmonious coexistence between agriculture and nature. These sustainable perimeters, anchored by vertical supports, not only serve their primary purpose but also foster biodiversity and contribute to the overall health of the environment. As we continue to explore innovative ways to live in harmony with nature, the wooden fence stands as a testament to the potential of sustainable practices in agriculture.