Fragrances of Ireland is committed to promoting awareness of environmental issues and below are some worthwhile organisations we are proud to be involved with.
The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group
Irish Whale and Dolphin Group is dedicated to the conservation and better understanding of whales, dolphins and porpoise in Irish waters. Fragrances of Ireland have been a core sponsor for the Irish Whale and Dolphin group for many years given Inis’ connection with the sea. We have also been the main sponsor for ‘Whale Watch Ireland’ which takes place each summer around the country and have put a lot of resources into it to contribute to its success. We feel that business has a key role to play in promoting awareness of environmental issues and are happy to continue supporting this very worthwhile organization.
Here in Fragrances of Ireland our electricity is powered by Airtricity. Airtricity has been recognised in Ireland as the company that leads the field in green energy supply. Most of their power is generated by wind turbine farms and Fragrances of Ireland is proud to be contributing to making Ireland a more environmentally friendly place.
Repak was originally established to help businesses meet their legal obligations to fund the recovery and recycling of the packaging on the goods or services they supply, as set out in the Waste Management (Packaging) Regulations 2007. At present Repak has over 2000 participating companies in membership, and is currently funding the recycling of over 60% of all packaging placed on the Irish market. Fragrances of Ireland has been a member of Repak for a number of years now.
Our 'Lavender Field' Bees....Zzzz
In the present day, the natural bee population around the world seems to be in decline and scientists are baffled as to why this is happening.
Researchers have looked at viruses, parasites, insecticides, malnutrition and other environmental factors but have been unable to pinpoint a specific cause for the population decrease.
One piece of general advice given by researchers in this area to try and halt or slow down the decline, is to limit habitat destruction and to allow bees live in their natural environment. That is what we are proud of in Fragrances of Ireland. Our bee-keeper Michael has some beehives in our lavender field here in Kilmacanogue where they live in a natural environment amidst the rows and rows of lavender. In the summertime, when the skies are blue and the sun is shining and our lavender is in bloom, the buzzing of the bees fill the air with uplifting and calming musical tones. The only rent we request from Michael for housing the bees, is some of the wonderful organic lavender honey produced as a result – great for us all to enjoy!! Mmmm!!
Little Sugarloaf Walkway
Many years ago, we heard that the top half of the Little Sugarloaf Mountain was for sale and, because we love it and look up at it every day as it shelters our lavender field (and because we're a little mad), we bought it. Since then, we have let it remain in its natural state and were pleased to see deer roaming on it recently.We joined in with our neighbours to allow an agreed walkway to the summit so that others can enjoy the mountain too; this walkway was planned and installed by the Wicklow Uplands Council to best protect the habitat and nature. This walkway is open to everyone so please come along and try it; you can drive to the beginning of the walk (see map) but please be careful as the roads are very twisting and narrow up to it.
You will see the walkway beginning where this sign is (see photo); once there, just follow the trail upwards and take the normal precautions for hillwalking over rough and unprepared open land. Please do not deviate from the agreed route as this will disturb wildlife and may be dangerous.
The views from the top are amazing: south to the Big Sugarloaf and beyond over the Wicklow mountains (see photo); East and North to the towns of Bray and Greystones and beyond them the Irish sea (see photo).