A Green View at Logan Botanic Garden

Logan Botanic Garden Commitment

Logan is fully committed to Green issues and its own contribution to the environment. We aim to work in a sustainable and ecologically friendly way, thereby reducing our impact on the environment. Nature and biodiversity are at the heart of our business  

Conservatory

In 2014 a new conservatory was built housing a rarely displayed collection of South African plants. This is a major step forward for the environment as it is the UK’s first “Green” public conservatory where modern technology is utilised to help the environment.  The conservatory is powered solely by Air Source heat pumps and solar power panels which help us to minimise our CO2 emissions.

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 in 2015 and 2016. This is the highest level which can be achieved and shows Logan's commitment towards and focus on green initiatives.  

Housekeeping

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.

Offset

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.

Retail Outlets

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. 

Waste

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.

Wildlife

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.

The attached articles show Logan Botanic Garden's Green Policy and Green Visitor Charter.

If you have any questions please contact Richard Baines on telephone number 01776 860231 or r.baines@rbge.ac.uk

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