Posted: 30/12/2014 at 13:50
What does the neighbour hit it with? Is the fence just a boundary marker or intended for privacy?
I would be inclined to go for metal mesh fencing as it is sturdy and, if installed correctly will last for years and be more or less maintenance free. You can buy green, black or white coated mesh fencing in various heights. You could train a clematis or two or some pyracantha along for added interest.
If that's too fancy or expensive you could make one by cutting panels of the rusty mesh builders use for reinforcing concrete. It comes in 5m x 2m lengths and we have used it to separate our veggie plot from the field behind and it now has blackberries growing up it and also supports sunflowers and pumpkins in season.
Along another boundary we have cut it to 4' high to protect a holly hedge from cows who were nipping the tender new shoots in spring and making it a very short, fat hedge. It is now growing taller and has been a picture with masses of bright red berries this year.
Our panels are attached to wooden posts buried in concrete to withstand strong winds.