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Valley Gardens Win Eco Award

12th December 2013

Categories: News

Valley Gardens have recently won an award in the Eco Friendly category of the National Loo Awards for their green toilet facilities, located in the games pavilion and café. This is not the first time Harrogate Borough Council has taken home the title, which has previously gone to the Fisher Street toilets in Knaresborough. 

The eco friendly toilets are fitted with sun tubes and LED down lighters, which will help save up to 85% more electricity than conventional lighting. The hand washing facilities are also capable of saving up to 94% more energy by making use of harvested rain water. The toilets themselves are made from locally sourced lightweight insulate blocks, constructed from recycled materials to minimise the environmental impact even further.
With the local council aiming to reduce carbon emissions by 20% by 2020, the award emphasises and acknowledges the districts commitment to the environment and the efforts been made thus far.

Nestled in the heart of Low Harrogate, Valley Gardens is a popular spot for visitors to the district and is highly regarded throughout the UK for its beauty. Together with the Pinewoods, the gardens cover some 17 acres, exhibiting a selection of alpine rarities in spring as well as seasonal beddings displays and a magnificent dahlia display in late summer.

It is also home to 36 of Harrogate’s 88 mineral wells, with no two being alike. The historic Sun Pavilion and Colonnades are two of the other sights that can be seen in the gardens, offering something for everyone from a popular play area for children and café, before being transformed into a venue for Sunday afternoon concerts during the summer months. 

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