Glastonbury’s ‘super-fence’ and UK festival security

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In an age where festivals continue to increase in popularity, security remains at the forefront of organisers’ minds. From small festivals attended by hundreds to Glastonbury Festival, which for one week in June becomes a de facto city in the heart of the Somerset countryside, security is now paramount.

Glastonbury’s 12-metre ‘super-fence’ was designed to ensure that party-goers could not climb over or burrow underneath the festival’s outer boundaries to gain access to the historic site.

For years, Glastonbury suffered security problems, with high numbers of revellers breaking into the festival site. In 2000, police estimated that up to 100,000 people broke into the site without paying. However, organisers put this number at nearer to 30,000. This showed that security needed to be stepped up at the southwest festival and other festival sites across the country, including Reading and Leeds, T in the Park and Creamfields.

The ‘super-fence’ was installed in 2002, and since it went up, interruptions via ‘break-ins’ have been vastly reduced.

Boosting security by ensuring a festival’s perimeter cannot be breached is massively important when planning the safety and security of an event. As well as limiting attendance numbers from a health and safety perspective, it is also crucial to put measures in place to lower cases of crime, drug use and other illegal activity. At the same time, in the modern age, perimeter fencing is a key element for combating the potential risk of terrorism.

Zaun has a huge amount of experience in ensuring that events such as festivals, and other UK major events, are kept safe and secure. Our high-security temporary fencing solutions are ideal for VIP areas and ensure that you can maintain your health and safety provision and keep bands, staff and members of the public safe and well.

Working at events that involve tens of thousands of people, Zaun has the capability and the expertise to provide the security equipment to ensure events, both big and small, run smoothly and without a hitch.

About Zaun

Zaun Limited is the sole remaining manufacturer of welded and woven mesh fencing systems that manufactures the entire system in the UK.  Zaun makes the mesh, fencing panels, posts, clamp bars and fixings at its state-of-the-art five-acre production facility in Wolverhampton in the West Midlands.  Products have been tested and approved by testing organisations including CPNI, LPCB and Secured by Design.

Zaun works very closely with all stakeholders within the business including employees, local, national and international suppliers and a long-established customer base of fencing contractors to design, manufacture and supply high-quality fencing systems, increasingly often providing expertise in integrating PIDs and other systems into holistic security solutions.

Zaun was founded in 1996 and remains a private company solely owned by co-founder Alastair Henman with a regional office in Dubai. They are certified to the ISO 9001 quality standard. It is also a member of the Perimeter Security Suppliers’ Association (PSSA), of which Alastair Henman is a director.

Zaun is a proud British manufacturer and founder member of the Made in Britain campaign, a key player in the UK fencing market and one of the fastest-growing companies in an increasingly competitive industry.

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