Sustainability first for Hargreaves Lock Gates

Halifax based, Hargreaves Lock Gates has become the first lock gate manufacturer to win environmental credentials for sourcing timber from managed forest sustainable sources.

Hargreaves has achieved dual chain of custody certification for both PEFC and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

The Yorkshire-based company designs, manufactures and installs canal lock gates in either timber or timber and steel composite. Its products include canal locks, footbridges and tidal doors, providing a bespoke service to specifiers, clients and contractors.

As Hargreaves is a major timber user, it is naturally keen to provide its clients with assurances of sustainable sourcing and decided to demonstrate its commitment to responsibly produced timber.

Recent contracts include installing four pairs of lock gates at Middlewood Locks, part of the £600m restoration of the Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal; lock gates for the Rochdale Canal Restoration project, which breathed new life into Hebden Bridge; replacing all four of Jesus Green lock’s leaky wooden gates in Cambridge; new tailgates for Bottom Lock on the Sleaford Navigation in Lincolnshire and new tailgates for Wansford Lock, Driffield, East Yorkshire.

Commenting on the award, Nigel Lord, business manager said: “As a company committed to sourcing from sustainable resources, we are proud to demonstrate our support for accredited forest management. Our customers now have official assurances that our raw material can be traced back to forests certified to be responsibly managed.

The first accredited UK manufacturer of lock gates, Hargreaves has joined a global community of more than 8,000 companies which have achieved PEFC chain of custody certification.

For more information contact Hargreaves Lock Gates on 01422 832445, or visit