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Ornamental gardens go green

RECENTLY-revamped ornamental gardens – in Saughton, in the west of Edinburgh – have become what is believed to be the UK’s ‘first fully eco-powered greenspace’.

The claim has been made jointly by park owners, The City of Edinburgh Council, and also electricity distribution and transmission network operator, SP Energy Networks.

Says SP Energy Networks, the achievement is thanks to support from [its] Green Economy Fund.

Says a story on its website (here): “The ground-breaking project was awarded almost £500,000 from our £20 million Green Economy Fund to support the installation of a micro-hydro scheme, a low carbon energy solution that is the first of its kind in the country.”

Adds the council (here): “The new system in Saughton Park uses unique micro-hydro technology on the Water of Leith, generating electricity for all the park’s needs, including the running of two ground source heat pump systems. These provide heat for the park’s glasshouse, buildings and the café.”

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