Logan Botanic Garden takes top honours

Logan Botanic Garden, near Port Logan on the Rhinns of Galloway, has scored a double success, with the news that it has earned a Gold Award for its Green Tourism credentials - just months after securing coveted five-star status from VisitScotland.

Green Tourism recognition requires an independent assessment on how an organisation operates sustainably to meet the needs of the environment, local residents, businesses and visitors - both now and in the future.

Green Tourism Assessor Gill Thomson said: "Logan has done very well to enter the Green Tourism Programme at the Gold level. There is a wide range of reasons why the site was awarded Gold, from the solar PV and air source running the new greenhouse to the levels of information and interpretation on-site for visitors.

"The range of eco-friendly and recycled goods sold in the gift shop is also vast and very in keeping with the sustainable theme that the staff operate on a daily basis. The cafe on site uses a range of local products from milk to vegetables that come from a garden just along the road. Overall, this is a fantastic first assessment with Green Tourism".

Logan supervisor Colin Belton said: "The 20-year gap from the initial concept of erecting a display conservatory - in what was our former storage yard – to completion of a remarkable structure has been well worth the wait. 

"To have such a modern glasshouse, designed and built by Alitex, with all the charm of the Victorian era has transformed this part of the Garden into a main feature of Logan. With all the heating being supplied by sustainable energy, air source heat pumps and electrical supply offset by solar panels, this is – to the best of our knowledge - the first totally green display glasshouse in the UK."

VisitScotland regional director Paula McDonald said: "This is yet another great accolade for staff at Logan Botanic Garden who have worked so hard to improve their overall visitor experience. The Green Tourism Gold Award recognises businesses committed to sustainable practice that will help grow tourism in Dumfries & Galloway, and the team at Logan is deserving of this, the highest award within the Green Tourism category.

Garden curator Richard Baines added: "The importance of this award to Logan cannot be understated. To be recognised by an independent national organisation validating our green credentials as a tourist attraction strengthens wider understanding of our ethos."

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