As a member of a self-sustaining network of enterprises within the Burren it is central to our strategy that our operation adheres to, and promotes the concepts of sustainable tourism. To compliment this ethos we grow, forage and produce many of our own foodstuffs, do our entire baking in house, and source other foods from local, regional, sustainable sources.
Environmental Policy Statement
Even though we are a small seasonal business we realise that we have an active role to play in protecting the environment for future generations. As members of the Burren Ecotourism Network this organisation and its members work together with the aim of ‘’establishing the Burren as a premier internationally-recognised sustainable tourism region’’ and supports continued training, mentoring and independent accreditation. Therefore their principals form the basis for our Environmental policy.
We collaborate with all stakeholders to collectively develop the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geo-park as a sustainable tourism destination, to be enjoyed by many in the present day and for many generations in the future.
A Cared-for Landscape
We actively participate in conserving our natural and cultural heritage by been actively involved with the Ballyvaughan Tidy Towns and the “Adopt a Hedgerow” project.
A Well-Understood Heritage
We inform our guests by having written material on display and books for sale. We share the stories that have been handed down to us from our parents and visiting neighbours.
We work to ensure that tourism makes a positive social contribution so that it benefits our community as well as our guests. A social evening at Burren Fine Wine & Food normally involves great lively exchanges of information and stories between locals and visitors.
We contribute to the local economy by maintaining and supporting local employment, by sourcing services and locally produced foods wherever possible and by engaging with other business in promoting our region as a sustainable tourism destination. We allow local artists to show and sell their work in our premises. We engage with other businesses in promoting our region as a sustainable tourism destination.
Sustainable tourism management
We work to an Environmental Action Plan, which includes targets for improvement that are reviewed annually. We have effective systems for monitoring and adequately managing our waste, water and energy. Travel impact and purchases. We harvest rain water to use in the garden. During outdoor activities we encourage guests to Leave No Trace.
Environmental Policy Statement Objectives
1. To continue to produce an annual Environmental Policy setting out Objectives, Activities and Targets
2. Monitor our Activities and Targets to minimise our waste and reduce water consumption.
3. To comply with relevant legislation
4. To reduce, Reuse and Recycle when possible
5. To use only locally sourced, locally grown, fair trade, organic, recycled, eco-friendly products unless absolutely no alternative is available to us.
6. To continue encourage and educate our staff and customers on the principals of Leave No Trace, sustainable transport,
7. To monitor our own impact on a regular basis and compare our performance with our policy.