Raspberry Supports

Answered by Jo Posted in Category Netting & Protection

Dear Jo

I was wondering whether you have any suggestions about supports for raspberries. We have used wooden posts (hazel usually) with strings which need to be replaced very frequently and I feel that the time has come to invest in something more long lasting. We have been considering putting pipe into the ground and then it is easy to just slot the wooden stakes into that but if you had/sold something more labour saving –after the initial digging into the ground – we might think about it. We have 3 double rows of canes (not easy to see whether they are double, single or just an 18inch wide bed!) and get a great crop most years. 

I look forward to your answer.


Dear Deirdre

We have a couple of products that will help you with this.  A metal raspberry protection and support system that can also be used with netting to protect the fruit from the birds.

We also have a timber wire frame support.  This is the one we use at the Kitchen Garden,  and the photo on the website is taken at the garden.  This system has been in place for a number of years and is still strong and sturdy.

Either of these will give you years of worry free raspberry support.  Given that you have double rows of canes, the metal system may suit you better as it is a wider design.

I hope this is helpful to you.  If I can be of any further help, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Kindest Regards


Meet the Author: Jo Blackwell
Jo  Blackwell

Jo Blackwell is new on the Harrod Horticultural block and has recently taken over her post as Horticultural Advisor and Kitchen Gardener in Stephanie's Kitchen Garden. She caught the gardening bug when she bought her first home 18 years ago.  Her first greenhouse soon followed and she later gained an allotment, where she grows her own organic fruit and vegetables.


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By Derek Turner1st August 2014

Raspberry support

In the end I put a 1.8m x75mm fencepost in each corner of the bed and attached Gripple(TM) wires at 3 levels around the outside. It provides a tidy framework for attaching the canes

By Derek Turner24th July 2014

derek turner

Hi Jo Could you advise a little more on the raspberry protection and support system, we have a similar problem to Deirdre with two rows of raspberries in a bed 3.4m long and 1.25m wide and would like a more permanent support. We don`t lose many to birds so do not require a net. I thought your 3m raspberry protection and support system might be the answer - does it hammer into the ground and what is the specification of the twine mentioned in the online description - how is it tensioned? and any additional details you have. Many thanks

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