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Preparations underway for Welcome to Yorkshire's garden at Chelsea Flower Show

Two pairs of genuine canal lock gates have been transported to London to form part of this year’s Welcome to Yorkshire garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

The gates were removed from the Huddersfield narrow canal as part of regular maintenance and have been gifted to the tourism organisation by the Canal & River Trust, to make sure the garden is as authentic as possible.

Lock gates being transported from the charity's workshop in Wakefield Credit: Welcome to Yorkshire

They were collected from the charity’s workshop at Stanley Ferry in Wakefield.

Staff there adapted all four gates, which weigh around 1.5 tonnes each, to make sure they are the perfect fit for the canal.

The Huddersfield canal locks will be the main feature of the show garden being constructed in London by designer Mark Gregory and his team from Landform Construction.

6 tonnes of genuine lock gates depart Credit: Welcome to Yorkshire

This is the tenth year the tourism board has entered a garden into the prestigious flower show.

The design is inspired by the county’s rich industrial heritage and celebrates both the vital role played by canals and waterways historically, and their current importance to tourism, leisure and wellbeing.

Bosses say the aim of the garden is to showcase the county to the world by encouraging people to visit and experience its beauty first-hand.

Artist's Impressions of Welcome to Yorkshire's garden Credit: Welcome to Yorkshire

Welcome to Yorkshire’s commercial director described the elements as looking "fantastic".

“We’re showcasing Yorkshire’s stunning waterways to a global audience at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, so it’s essential we get it just right, and the gates look fantastic.

"Our canals are such a valuable resource. At one time they were essential to our thriving textile industry and now they are the most wonderful addition to tourism, with so many brilliant experiences on offer, from the narrow boats themselves to peaceful nature walks or more dynamic activities like paddle boarding and kayaking.”

– Peter Dodd