4 Jul 16

Five stars come naturally for Torness visitor centre

The visitor centre at EDF Energy’s Torness power station is celebrating retaining its five-star Visit Scotland rating as its nature trail re-opens for the summer. 

The centre was rated “exceptional” during a recent mystery shopper visit and was particularly commended for the attitude and knowledge of the staff as well as the quality of the information on offer to visitors. 

Station Director Paul Winkle said: “Torness power station produces enough, safe, reliable, low carbon electricity to power two million homes and I want to be able to tell as many people as possible how we do that. So I am delighted that the free visitor centre and station tour have retained their five-star rating. It is recognition of the welcome and quality of experience visitors to the station have.” 

The confirmation of the visitor centre and station tour as one of East Lothian’s top visitor attractions coincides with the launch of the summer nature trail. 

The trail will be open every day except Sunday throughout July and August and is teaming with life. 

Yellow wagtails, curlews, redshanks, oystercatchers and at least 16 species of butterfly have been spotted along the trail and the land around the station is also home to wildflowers like northern marsh orchids, bird’s-foot-trefoil and knapweed. 

Faith Scott, visitor centre manager, said: “I hope lots of families will come along to the visitor centre for a five-star experience during the summer holidays.  As well as finding out about the power station and searching for wildlife they can also collect stamps along the route; if they find them all they will win a prize.” 

For more information contact:

Fiona McCall
External Communications Manager (Scotland)
01355 846281
07813 232347

Notes to editors

Notes to editors:

  • The nature trail will be open 10am-3pm every day through July and August, excluding Sundays.
  • For more information contact the visitor centre on 01368 873 909 or email tornessvisitorcentre@edf-energy.com
  • Torness power station was awarded the Biodiversity Benchmark by the Wildlife Trust in February 2015. 
  • The Benchmark recognises the hard work that has been done to protect and enhance the unique and diverse wildlife around the East Lothian site.

EDF Energy in Scotland

In Scotland EDF Energy operates Hunterston B in North Ayrshire and Torness in East Lothian which employ over 1,000 staff and around 500 contracting partners across the two power stations. EDF Energy employs a further 200 office based staff in East Kilbride.  As well as generating enough power to serve some 4 million homes the company also provides gas and electricity to over 80,000 Scottish customers with around half of those opting for one of the company’s Blue+ products which are backed by low-carbon generation. We operate two windfarms in the Scottish Borders and make sure we buy enough electricity generated from a low-carbon nuclear source to match every unit of electricity we estimate our Blue customers use. EDF Energy is proud to power up some of the largest organisations in the UK, including supplying almost all public sector bodies in Scotland with after being awarded Scotland’s largest electricity supply contract by annual volume from April 2013. Following a landmark agreement with Network Rail the company also provides nuclear-backed Blue energy to power up the UKs electric rail network, covering most of the south east of England and the main lines from London to Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as the Merseyrail network around Liverpool and the Glasgow suburban network.