Scotland's Geilston Garden wins green tourism award

The Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS) has given a Gold level award to Geilston Garden, Cardross.

That is an improvement on the Silver award The National Trust for Scotland garden received in 2007, when Geilston was first inspected under the sustainable tourism scheme.
 
GTBS scores tourism businesses on a range of criteria, specifically considering environmental and sustainability questions.

Assessors were impressed with the all round commitment to environmentally-friendly habits from staff cycling to meetings to composting paper shreddings at Geilston Garden.

Property Manager Joanna Gough said the assessors were particularly impressed by its fruit and vegetables that are free of chemical sprays.

Also singled out for praise were Geilston’s prairie plantings. These North American perennials are efficient carbon sinks, removing harmful carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and storing it as recyclable biomass. The new A graded boiler for the newly restored glasshouse also impressed the scheme assessors.

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