The top gates of Blunder Lock near Stroud were restored in 2013. Plaswood recycled plastic lumber sections were fitted to the gates at the lock, which had disintegrated over the years and rendered the lock unusable.
A recent inspection has revealed that Plaswood ‘plastic wood’ lumber is outperforming timber planks four years on.
Water leakage is virtually non-existent, and significantly less than that through the timber planks on the other gate of the pair, which were installed at the same time.
Plaswood has a significantly longer life expectancy than timber and it provides long-lasting solutions for boardwalks, jetties, marinas, wetlands, flood barriers, fencing, furniture and structures located in wet, harsh or damp environments.
The Chief Executive of the Cotswold Canals Trust, Ken Burgin, said: “Plaswood has some very clear advantages when it comes to longevity and lack of maintenance. We will seriously consider using Plaswood again where appropriate, within the restoration as a whole. The Trust is very pleased with the way that Plaswood has performed. It is doing exactly the job that we hoped it would.”