Galloway Forest Park gets even greener

All three of Forest Enterprise Scotland’s visitor centres have just been awarded silver status under the Green Business Tourism Scheme.

Around £4.5 million has been invested in the three centres at Kirroughtree, Clatteringshaws and Glentrool, which are all offering improved visitor facilities.

The UK-wide Green Business Tourism Scheme promotes sustainable tourism. Businesses are assessed to bronze, silver and gold status against a number of eco-friendly criteria, including energy and water use, waste management and biodiversity.

Keith Muir, head of tourism with Forest Enterprise Scotland in Galloway said:

“Everyone is delighted to have achieved Silver status so quickly…our aim is to now go for Gold in the coming years.

“We see this award as a big reward for all the hard work everyone has put into making the new centres great places to go, coupled with being environmentally friendly at the same time.

“With the Visit Scotland 3 and 4 star rating also having been awarded to the centres, Galloway Forest Park is well on the way to establishing itself as the key visitor destination in the south west.”

The awards are recognitions that Forest Enterprise Scotland and its visitor centre operators, Galloway Lodge Preserves, Churchill Catering and The Breakpad, are all looking at ways to promote a sustainable and environmentally friendly service.

The Green Business Tourism Scheme were also particularly interested and impressed by the ground source heat pumps which are used at Kirroughtree to heat the building. The system uses no fossil fuels to directly heat the building or water. Instead, the system takes the ground temperature and transfers that energy into underfloor heating and hot water.

Notes to editors

  1. Forest Enterprise Scotland is an agency of Forestry Commission Scotland and manages the National Forest Estate on behalf of Scottish Ministers.
  2. Tha Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba na phàirt de Bhuidheann-Stiùiridh na h-Àrainneachd is Coilltearachd aig Riaghaltas na h-Alba. Tha e an urra ri riaghladh agus cumail maoineachadh is comhairle ri coilltearachd ann an Alba. Tha Iomairt Choilltean na h-Alba na fo-bhuidheann aig Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba a tha a’ ruith Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta.
  3. Media enquiries to Steve Williams, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0300 067 6508 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.