Forest Garden’s acoustic panels are a cost-effective solution to a noisy problem, with sales so far in 2018 double what they were in 2017. The panels are designed to cut nuisance sounds such as barking dogs, road traffic and noisy neighbours by as much as eight times, while still offering style and affordability.
The DIY acoustic panel is available via national retailer’s websites for delivery directly to consumer’s homes. The panel can be fitted as a replacement between existing fence posts or as a new fence run. Tests show tthe panels can achieve a reduction in the noise level of as much as 30dB. Each successive reduction of 10 decibels is equal to halving the noise level. The product scooped Best Garden Landscaping Product prize at the Garden Industry Manufacturer’s Association (GIMA) Awards in 2017.
Each panel is 180cm high and 183cm wide with the boards mounted vertically (making it a standard 6ft panel size). However, the panel looks equally as attractive with the boards running horizontally with which arrangement it is 180cm wide so can replace standard-sized European panels. The thick (17mm) interlocking tongue and groove boards are smooth planed and moulded into a triangulated shape. These are mounted within a 45mm thick rebated frame to ensure there are no gaps for noise to pass through. Each panel is FSC certified and carries a 15-year anti-rot guarantee.
“This fencing brings peace and quiet plus privacy back to gardens subjected to unwanted noise,” says Nicola Simpson, head of marketing for Forest Garden. “The success of the fencing since its launch is a reflection of the uniqueness and innovative design of this product. It offers an affordable and ready to use solution to reducing noise pollution, which has really struck a chord with the public.”