Ness Gardens Team Celebrates Green Award
|Published: 21st April 2017 18:03|
Ness Botanic Gardens has won the Sustainable Tourism Award at the Wirral Tourism Awards 2017.
The Awards recognise the exceptional work delivered by businesses and individuals in the local tourism and hospitality industry. The Sustainable Tourism Award category was particularly closely fought, with other finalists including Claremont Farm, Mere Brook House and Caffe Cream.
Members of the Ness Gardens team picked up the Sustainable Tourism Award at the event held at New Brighton's Floral Pavilion recently.
Highlights of the Ness Botanic Gardens sustainability strategy include:
- Creation of a Permaculture garden at Ness. Permaculture principles emphasize working in harmony with nature and minimising environmental impact. The garden demonstrates how growing a range of flowers and vegetables together encourages wildlife and allows natural control of pests and diseases. Other features include an herb spiral and hugel beds which are attractive, space saving and require no watering or feeding while growing plentiful vegetables and herbs.
- Significant parts of Ness including the wildflower meadows are managed specifically for wildlife and the Garden are home to over 900 species of insects, birds, mammals and other wildlife including owls, foxes, bats, harvest mice and voles.
- The installation of a new Rocket Composter has enabled Ness to recycle all food waste. This is in addition to the Eco Green Bio Shredder which allows the production of compost in as little as eight weeks. All garden waste from the 64 acre site and a significant amount of paper and cardboard are recycled. The compost from both are used as a mulch in the garden and also for growing and potting on plants.
- An area containing 150 solar panels which provide 25% of the energy required for the Visitor Centre and also adds power back into the National Grid. This is addition to wider University of Liverpool schemes using as PC Power Saving feature developed by Computing Services department which reduce overall power consumption.
- A borehole with water extraction managed by the Environment Agency which alleviates some need for mains water.
- A large number of the plants in the garden - for example the Mediterranean Bank, have been grown by taking cuttings from existing plants, thereby significantly reducing the number of plants bought in from external sources.
- Participation in a seed exchange scheme with other botanical gardens across the world supporting plant conversation, education and research efforts.
The Gardens, located just outside Neston, provide a resource for research programmes across the University of Liverpool. In recent years, the University of Liverpool has developed its research profile to studies that have significant impact on global policy, the environment, and the lives of people across the world.