MP welcomes £2m visitor centre plan

Long-term plans for a new £2 million visitor centre at Logan Botanic Gardens would be a shot in the arm for the region.

That was the conclusion of Dumfries and Galloway MP Alister Jack as he welcomed the ambitious proposals after a visit to the five-star attraction on the Mull of Galloway.

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, which looks after the 25-acres of gardens and surrounding woodland, currently attracts up to 27,000 visitors a year to Logan.

It is noted for an almost sub-tropical microclimate created by the prevailing Gulf Stream, which allows plants from Australia, New Zealand, South and Central America to thrive.

Looking ahead, the purpose-built visitor centre, including a restaurant, information desk, toilets and gift shop, would be at the entrance to the gardens allowing visitors not seeking admission to also use the facilities.

Mr Jack said: "These are exciting plans which could increase income and the number of visitors to this excellent attraction.

"It is fantastic to be able to walk amidst palm trees and exotic ferns and through a Victorian-style conservatory with exotic plants from southern Africa.

"I'm very supportive of the proposals, which would be very good for the area. I understand progress will depend on revised business plans being completed and funding sources identified."

The new visitor centre at Logan would be modelled closely on the successful Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh's Dawyk visitor centre near Peebles.

Logan employs seven full-time staff, supported by students on specialist work placements.