Sustainability

Sustainable and Green Practices across Bunratty Castle and Folk Park

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park  recognises it's responsibility to minimise the impact of our attraction operations on the local environment by means of a programme of continuous improvement.​

 

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  • Manure produced by the animals at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park is used in our gardens for the fertilization of plants and flowers
     

  • Bunratty Folk Park is comprised of many habitats such as hedgerows, field margins, stone walls, ponds and streams. An array of biodiversity is essential for healthy ecosystems. Biodiversity benefits us in 3 main ways

    1) Pollination: pollinating insects such as bumblebees, solitary bees are vital for the pollination of crops and wildflowers.
    2) Soil health: earthworms are essential for good soil fertility. Soils are home to over a quarter of living species on earth.
    3) Pest control: insects and birds can be used as part of an integrated approach to pest management.

  • Bunratty Folk Park encourages native Irish woodland which is a haven for biodiversity. Native woodlands support a rich ground flora and fauna in a symbiotic relationship to each other. Native trees such as the oak tree support hundreds of species of animals and insects. Having a native woodland cover brings many benefits, including: increasing the biodiversity of native plant and animal species; offsetting emissions and provides immense cultural, social and health benefits for the community;and providing a safe haven for people including children to connect with nature.


Green Practices across our Gardens

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  • Food Wastage is kept to a minimum by feeding any suitable leftover food from visitors to the pigs.

  • Fallen branches & Christmas trees are collected and mulched to be used for animal  bedding etc.

  • Fertiliser spreading is kept to a minimum & any fertiliser that is spread is protected. Protected urea achieves the benefits of protecting nitrogen (N) loss and reducing greenhouse gas emissions while yielding as well as CAN (Calcium Ammonia Nitrate) over the growing season.

  • All our paddocks are established grassland pasture which sequesters massive amounts of carbon from the atmosphere. Grasslands can absorb carbon dioxide (CO2) during growth of grass plants and store it in different tissues. Above ground biomass (grass) is eaten by grazing animals and the carbon will eventually return to the soil as manure or to the atmosphere via enteric fermentation. The remaining grass and roots will eventually decompose and the carbon will then be stored in the soil.

  • Established grassland is also very beneficial for soil quality as soils with high carbon generally have better soil structure, water holding capacity and provide more nutrients.

  • Our stocking rate is quite low in Bunratty. This allows us to limit damaging impacts our animals have on soil including compaction, destruction of soil structure and loss of vegetation. These impacts can reduce infiltration of water into the soil, resulting in pooling and water logging with consequent impacts of denitrification and nitrous oxide emissions. 


Green Practices on our Farm

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  • Ground to Green promotion where all our ground coffee beans are given out to our site customers for personnel use on their lawns & gardens
  • Our gift store sells a range of sustainable and recycled products including palm oil free soap, hats, scarves and gloves made from recycled yarn and soft cuddly toys made entirely from recycled plastic bottles
  • Reusable Cup Initiative – visitors who present reusable cups at our dining outlets receive a percentage off their purchase.
  • Pre-set controlled dosing pumps in machines such as dishwashers.
  • Waste oil taken away by approved vendor for reprocessing.
  • LED lighting is used across attractions, where possible, to reduce energy costs.
  • The Toliet Paper used in the Restrooms across our attraction is made from recycled plastic.
  • The wrapping paper used in our gift store is 100% recycled retail wrapping paper.

Green Practices across our business