SNP MSP for the South of Scotland Dr Aileen McLeod has tabled a Parliamentary Motion congratulating Logan Gardens on achieving 5-star visitor attraction status from Visit Scotland this week.
Dr McLeod, who has previously sought to boost the profile of the gardens as a location for filming and artistic events, commented:
“This is fantastic news for Logan Gardens, and in my view richly deserved. It is recognition of the hard work that all of the staff and Curator Richard Baines have done to make this a really first-class visitor attraction.
“The special micro-climate in the South Rhins allows the Gardens to successfully grow plant species that are not otherwise seen in Scotland. In the summer it can look like a tropical paradise – particularly if we are lucky enough to have a warm sunny summer like we did this year.
“Of course Dumfries & Galloway has many fantastic gardens to visit across the region and we are very fortunate in having so many. I hope that Logan Garden’s award will also help raise the profile of the region as the home to many excellent gardens.
“Logan Gardens really is a hidden gem and well worth a visit. It is only the third garden in Scotland to be awarded 5-star status. I hope that Visit Scotland’s award will help to boost the profile of the Gardens and encourage people to visit them. It is well worth the effort.”
Notes to Editors:
Dr McLeod’s motion congratulating Logan Gardens is below:
Motion Number: S4M-08208
Lodged By: Aileen McLeod
Date Lodged: 06/11/2013
Title: Five-star Rating for Logan Gardens
That the Parliament notes that Logan Botanic Gardens in the South Rhins of Galloway has been awarded a five-star rating by VisitScotland; recognises that it is only the third such gardens to receive this status; considers that the award is recognition of the hard work and dedication of the staff and the curator, Richard Baines; understands that the unique microclimate in which the gardens are situated allows the cultivation of plant species not otherwise seen in Scotland, and warmly congratulates the curator and the staff on their success.