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Edinburgh’s botanic garden plans glasshouse upgrade

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh has unveiled a major plan to revamp its deteriorating research facilities and ensure its glasshouses endure the constant battering of storms.

Under the proposed Edinburgh Biomes project, RBGE’s research, horticulture, education and infrastructure facilities will be brought together and the glasshouses will be significantly refurbished and rebuilt. Plans include the creation of an energy centre and a state-of-the-art plant-health suite.

The garden’s existing glasshouse facilities—including both the Grade A-listed Victorian palm houses and the 1960s visitor and research glasshouses—require extensive restoration, according to Simon Milne, regius keeper at the gardens.

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