About us

Steve Homewood  leads  the JE Homewood team, keeping the traditional, rural industry of sweet chestnut fencing thriving, while also offering top quality fencing and gate automation services both locally and further afield.

Beautiful and practical, sweet chestnut is at the heart of our business but over the years we have developed additional services to meet our clients’ needs. We have been selling gates since 1946 but since 1996 we have also been installing, servicing and repairing gate automation systems. We cleft laths , make beautiful chestnut panels and chestnut hurdles and  offer a full range of other fencing supplies. Our highly experienced team can also install or repair any style of  fencing.

We put our wealth of experience and knowledge into practice to tailor our service to match your needs. Steve and his dedicated team offer a friendly and flexible service so you can be assured of the best expertise from start to finish .

JE Homewood is a member of  Haslemere Chamber of Trade


Steve is “the boss”. He’s been doing this since he was a boy ( for a bit more history about the firm , see here Homewoods and Haslemere,) so ask him pretty much any question about fencing or sweet chestnut and he’ll probably know the answer! He knows a thing or two about gates too.


Helen is married to the boss. She helps in the office; quite a lot during school term, less in the holidays.


One of our gate gurus, Allan started working for JE Homewood in 1995. He lives locally and, when he isn’t working on gates, he’s either with his family or messing around with his Land Rover. He’s nearly always in shorts, no matter what the weather.


Stuart is our other gate guru. He started working for JE Homewood  in 2003 and when he isn’t working on gates, he is either in the gym or travelling around the world. Stuart has never been seen at work in shorts!


Val is our book keeper, coming in three mornings a week to keep all our accounting records up-to-date and accurate. She’s a Haslemere stalwart, helping lots of other small businesses keep their books straight.


James  lives in Haslemere and is our yard man and our driver.  We send him all over the place and he never complains.  He helps out on fencing jobs too. He is restoring a 1970 Triumph TR6 in his spare time.


Mark started working with sweet chestnut over 20 years ago, for G&N Marshman in Petworth. When Nick Marshman took early retirement in the spring of 2018 , Mark came to work with us – great news for us because he can do amazing things with chestnut! His laths, hurdles and panels are, to our mind, second to none.

Eugen Maneac

Eugen’s  from Romania and has worked for us for many years.   He’s very hard working, very strong and is a great guy to have around on a fencing job. He is also a super cleaver of chestnut!


Domokos is Bence’s dad and started with us in early 2017.  He used to have a timber yard a bit like ours in Transylvania so knows what he is doing around wood and it’s great to have him working with us. He enjoys poker and billiards and used to be good at ice-skating.


Bence joined us in 2015 . He enjoys swimming , snowboarding and skiing in his spare time. Tries to teach us Hungarian but we are slow learners! Always cheerful, a great asset to our fencing team.


Zoltan is Bence’s cousin. He worked in logistics in Transylvania. He started  with us in  2016 and now does a day a week. Easygoing and like Bence, always cheerful , when he has spare time he likes messing around with computers.

softwood post and rails


Patrick is also Bence’s cousin so also from Transylvania. Another cheerful,  hardworking and strong employee- pleasure to have him working with us.


Wayne is making our chestnut paling for us at the moment but is also very useful to have around on fence installing.

Leo Homewood

Leo is the newest Homewood; 14 years old and sometimes to be found in the office for an hour or two during school holidays, answering the phones whilst playing computer games, watching You Tube and posting on Instagram…………