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 .

We are fortunate that we are able to keep working safely during this Coronavirus  pandemic – we have carried out a risk assessment and are happy that our  customers and clients are not put at risk of contracting the Covid-19  whilst in our yard or whilst we are working at their properties. However it is crucial that everyone stays 2 metres apart so please make sure you stay 2 metres away from our employees. Please only come to the yard after you have made an appointment with us. #StaySafe #StayAlert #StayPositive

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. Used to come into our yard and was great to have her in the office,  but because of Covid-19 and the need to keep safe , she is now working from her  own office in Fernhurst. She’s a Haslemere stalwart, helping lots of other small businesses keep their books straight.


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.


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


James is our yard assistant and delivery person. He also helps the fencing and gate guys occasionally. Handy person to have around!


Wayne lives just a few doors away from our yard. He is often to be found at our chestnut fencing machine , turning the  pales into the paling fencing . He  is also pretty handy at fence installing and makes some attractive wooden items for us .

Leo Homewood

Leo is the newest Homewood; now 16  years old  ( this is an old photo!) , helps Steve out with deliveries sometimes , occasionally  found in the office for half an hour after school or  during school holidays, answering the phones whilst playing computer games, watching You Tube and posting on Instagram…………


We had it all planned – get a dog and he can go to work with Steve. How naïve we were.   If only life with a dog was that easy…..

But having Bailey has made us far more understanding when people phone and say ” Help! My dog is escaping” or “I am getting a puppy in a week’s time and now realise I need better fencing” .