Our Green Story

a passion for sustainability

From Biomass to Kitchen Garden

Sir David Kinloch has a passion for sustainability and recycling which is reflected in the ethos of Gilmerton House and Estate. Sir David also runs his own business, Gilmerton Land Services, a successful asset recovery company.

For over thirty-five years the house has been heated by a biomass boiler which provides heat and hot water for the entire property. The boiler burns tree roots, recycled wood and cardboard, and waste wood from local houses that would otherwise go to landfill.

We’re still working our way through huge piles of tree roots from the construction of the Borders Railway which may otherwise have gone to landfill.

There is currently a major project underway to restore the historic kitchen garden – you can also see more on the Kitchen Garden website. This will be a centre of gardening therapy and a life enhancing environment for those facing challenges to their mental health. When operational, it will provide herbs, fruit, flowers and eggs for the house.

The Kinloch family has had a long standing commitment to protecting the environment and, along with every member of staff, is dedicated to support and enhance Gilmerton House’s approach to sustainability. You can read more on our approach to Corporate Social Sustainability (CSR) here.