We have compiled a list of Exemplar sites in the UK and internationally that either (1) demonstrate the use of green energy technologies in public parks and greenspaces or (2) highlight innovative organisational models for the management of greenspaces. 

If you are interested in more detailed information, view the list below or search our more comprehensive spreadsheet (Ver 1. approx. 200 Kb).

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As we discover more sites we will update this resource. If you know of any interesting examples in the UK or worldwide please let us know via   email

Scotland

Rest of UK

  • Bristol, Owen Square Community Energy Project. Case study now published on ParkPower website
  • Cirencester, Cotswold Water Park. Energy generation using solar panels and a lake-loop coupled to heat pumps
  • Cheshire, Delamere Forest.  New eco-visitor centre designed by Forestry England to be energy efficient and use a range of renewable technologies like solar PV and ground source heat pump
  • Cumbria, New North Office in Lake District National Park. Energy generation by using solar panels and biomass boiler powered by woodchips harvested from the park
  • Felinheli, GreenWood Forest Park. Electricity generation using solar panels
  • Gateshead, Saltwell Park, Gateshead, Gateshead Council.  Air source heat pump in park building.
  • Leicester, multiple locations, e.g. Castle Hill Country Park, Jesse Jackson Park. Electricity generation to run defibrillators by using solar panels and wind turbines
  • London, Hackney. 'Powering Parks' project exploring potential for ground source heat pumps to heat buildings
  • London, Morden Hall Park. National Trust site with new cafe and shop run on renewable energy from solar PV and PV-T roof tiles, air source heat pump, hydro river turbine and Passivhaus energy efficiency standards.
  • London, case study published for Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
  • London, Royal Parks building in Hyde Park. Electricity generation by using roof mounted solar panels
  • London, Elephant Park Energy Hub. Heat generation by using combined heat and power
  • Malvern, Malvern Hills. Electricity generation to run street lamps by using dog fouling
  • New Forest, Chewton Glen treehouses, private hotel.   Air-to-water heat pumps for hot water and space heating.
  • Reading, Basildon Park. Heat generation by using ground sourced heat pump
  • Staffordshire, Biddulph Grange Country Park. Energy generation by using a hydroelectric scheme
  • Wales, Plas Newydd. Heat generation by using heat from the sea
  • Wales, Aberglasney Gardens. Heat generation for surrounding buildings by using biomass-fuelled heating system
  • York, Environment Centre in St Nicholas Fields Local Nature Reserve. Energy generation by using wind turbine and solar panels, passive solar gain for design of the centre
  • Whole UK, several RSPB reserves. Electricity generation by using roof- and ground-mounted solar panels

International

  • Australia, Sydney, Ballast Point Park. Electricity generation by integrating wind turbines into sculpture made of post-industrial remnants
  • Austria, Vienna, BOKU. Electricity generation by integrating semi-transparent solar panels into the design of a roof-garden
  • Netherlands, Solarpark de Kwekerij. A park that combines solar power generation, public amenity and nature conservation.
  • Pakistan, Islamabad, F9 Park/ Fatima Jinnah Park. Electricity generation to run lights, by utilising solar panels on carparks
  • Singapore, Singapore, Woodlands Waterfront Park. Electricity generation by using a floating solar panel system
  • Switzerland, Basel, BaseLink. On-going planning for energy generation by using solar panels and a downhole heat exchanger
  • USA, Boston, Boston Parks. High-tech bench providing solar-powered charging stations in the park
  • USA, Massachusetts, Greenfield Energy Park. Park is designed as demonstration of renewable energy projects and information, e.g. electricity generation by using solar and wind
  • USA, Minneapolis, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. Electricity generation by using roof- and ground-mounted solar panels
  • USA, New York City, Freshkills Park. On-going planning for electricity generation by operating a solar power facility
  • USA, Wyoming, Cheyenne Botanic Garden. Electricity generation by using a solar energy system and a battery backup as well as a windmill and wind turbine