16 December 2022

NWH staff gritting the zoo

Keeping Edinburgh Zoo off ice

Edinburgh Zoo has appointed The NWH Group to deliver its winter gritting services, keeping the venue off the ice all winter long. 

The zoo is open every day of the year, with the exception of Christmas Day, and as home to more than 2,500 animals from around the world, it is essential that all routes throughout the park remain passable, even in the harshest of conditions, to ensure the welfare of these precious residents is maintained throughout. 

Jamie Campbell, Head of Corporate Sales at The NWH Group said: “One of the immediate impacts that adverse weather has on businesses is their ability to continue trading when hit. But with Edinburgh Zoo, the weather has an even greater impact - the staff needs to be able to safely reach all the animals to ensure they are fed, watered, cared for as required, and kept warm. 

“We always offer our customers 24/7 support and quick response times, and for the zoo, this is a vital part of our service.”

The NWH Group will be gritting the main routes through the zoo to the Edinburgh Airport communication mast, gas tanks for animal heating, food preparation areas and main access routes and car parks. 

The winter gritting service is automatically triggered when the temperate drops below a certain level so it’s one less administrative task to deal with when adverse conditions hit. 

Find out more about the winter services here:


Edinburgh Zoo, owned by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) was opened in 1913 and is one of Scotland's most popular visitor attractions, with more than 800,000 visitors a year.

It is one of Europe's leading centres of conservation, education and research, and works collectively with many other zoos and conservation agencies in the UK, Europe and around the world in coordinated conservation programmes, to help ensure the survival of many threatened animal species. 

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