A Green View at Logan Botanic Garden
In 2014 a Victorian-styled conservatory was built. It was the first public glasshouse in the UK to be entirely heated by green energy sources.
The Conservatory, which is also Logan’s first public glasshouse, generates its own heat using the latest sustainable technologies. It features PV solar panels, providing a supply of up to 3700KW per annum, and air source heat pumps generating enough energy to sustain year-round environs of 8°C / 46.4°F temperate - ideal conditions to house a rare collection of South African plants.
Extending the exotic theme of the Garden, the Conservatory’s display of tender plant species, a rarely displayed collection of South African plants, is adding to Logan’s world renowned plant collection.
Both a practical and elegant building, it is a welcome addition for visitors and a chance for Garden staff to engage with audiences on issues of plant diversity, green power and climate change.
Electric Vehicle Charging Point
Logan Botanic Garden is one of the first gardens in Scotland to install an Electric Vehicle Charging Point. The Garden received an Energy Saving Trust grant and now has 4 charging points installed in the car park. We are now able to attract electric car visitors from far and wide who have the confidence to know they can charge their vehicles for their return journeys. The charger is free to use.
Green Tourism Business Scheme
Logan Botanic Garden joined the Green Business Tourism Scheme to obtain an indicator of our sustainable practices and gain insight for future green developments. At inspection in 2014 we were thrilled to achieve a Gold Award and have maintained this award every year since then. This is the highest level which can be achieved and shows Logan's commitment towards and focus on green initiatives.
Logan has very high standards of housekeeping both within the Garden and in a wider context. All our operational procedures are considered in respect of their environmental impact and we expect similarly robust environmental practices from our contractors and suppliers. Many of the cleaning products used on site are naturally based and green, thereby reducing our waste and environmental impact.
Monitoring & Information
Detailed energy monitoring is regularly undertaken. Usage and generation of solar energy charts and green information charts are displayed for the public to see our commitment to the environment.
We help offset CO2 emissions by preserving and constantly increasing our plant collections for the good of the planet and the enjoyment of our visitors.
Our retail shop operates in an environmentally sustainable way by stocking a wide range of fair-trade and local goods. The Potting Shed Bistro sources as many ingredients as possible from local suppliers, food is homemade and produced with regard for the environment.
All our waste, such as glass, plastic, cans and paper, is recycled accordingly. All organic matter and green waste is composted and utilised in the Garden to improve the soil. All woody waste is chipped and used as garden mulch as a top dressing for paths and beds. This assists in reducing weed infestations and helps preserve moisture. Where feasible, we use water saving devices and measures to reduce water consumption.
As a natural habitat we are keen to encourage and attract wildlife to the Garden. At the Bioblitz many birds were spotted together with fish, butterflies and moths including the hummingbird hawk moth, rarely spotted so far North. There are Bug hotels and nest boxes throughout the Garden and bird feeders to feed the local birds all year round.
If you have any questions please contact Richard Baines on telephone number 01776 860231 or firstname.lastname@example.org