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About The Energy Garden Project


The Energy Garden project is aimed to help small scale farmers use indigenous plants for bio-fuel production. The project was inspired by the Hassan Bio-fuel Park in India, which uses indigenous oil seed plants grown for shade as a source for local bio-fuel production. The project hopes to explore the possibilities of transferring the knowledge and approach developed in Hassan to Nepal and other communities around the world.

The Energy Garden project is being promoted by botanic gardens from around the world and amongst these BGCI is contributing by developing a series of signs on ‘energy plants’. The signs aim to provide an educational resource for botanic gardens to interpret energy plants within their collections and to encourage unbiased information on bio-energy production for the public.

What are Energy Gardens?
These are gardens where energy plants are grown. New technologies enable biomass to be converted more efficiently and in a more cost effective manner. The aim is to develop a model which allows local communities to become energy self sufficient in a sustainable manner, using locally grown plants. 

Download a sign on the Energy Gardens project here

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The Energy Garden project is a partnership between the School of Geography at the University of Leeds and BGCI, with additional support listed below:

Department for International Development DFID (UK)
Asia Network for Sustainable Agriculture and Bioresources (ANSAB) (
Ethnobotanical Society of Nepal (ESON) (
Practical Action Nepal (
Hassan Bio-fuels Park
Feminist Dalit Organisation (FEDO) (


Visit our Care for the Rare web pages for more interpretation signs focused on rare and threatened plants in collections



The logo and signs have been created by Garance Wood-Moulin