Forest Garden launches decibel noise reduction fence panel

Britain's biggest garden wood product company has unveiled a fence panel which is designed to reduce noise by eight times.

The 180cm x 180cm panel, launched at Chelsea Physic Garden, costs £119.99. At 17mm on a 45mm thick rebated frame, the panel has interlocking tongue and groove boards to stop noise passing through.

Reflection, diffusion and absorption are the ways the panel stops noise, with an up to 30dB reduction on a normal fence panel.

Tests were by Exova MB Trada in accordance with British Standard ISO 10140-2 and ISO 717-1. Soft wood is from eastern Europe but is planned to come from Lockerbie in the next 12 months. The panels have 15 years anti-rot guarantees and are available from Wickes and online retailers so far.

Forest's Guy Jackson said the panel works on the same principle as the F17 Stealth Fighter plane deflects radar waves. He said there was a "potential gap in the market" for the product.

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