Ballinsheen House & Gardens

Environmental Policy Statement

Ballinsheen House & Gardens recognises that everything we do has an effect upon the environment.

Living and working in the Burren we are very aware and want to minimise the adverse environmental impact of our and our Guests activities and continuously improve our performance ensuring the sustainability of our actions.

Working together

We collaborate with all stakeholders to collectively develop the Geopark as a sustainable tourism destination. Ballinsheen House is a member of the Burren Ecotourism network that work together to promote sustainability in the Burren region.

A cared for landscape

We actively participate in conservation our national & cultural heritage.

A well understood heritage

We proudly offer quality information and interpretation to communicate our stories and the unique character of Lisdoonvarna and the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Global Geopark to our Guests.

Vibrant Communities

We work to ensure that tourism makes a positive social contribution so that it benefits our community as well as our Guests by being actively involved with Lisdoonvarna tourism and Lisdoonvarna Tidy Towns. We participate in local activities and support fund raising events.

Strenthened Livelihood

We contribute to the local economy by maintaining and supporting local employment, by sourcing services and produce locally wherever possible and by engaging with other businesses in promoting our region as a sustainable tourism destination.

Sustainable Tourism

Sustainable tourism management

We work to an environmental action plan, which includes actions and targets fro improvement that are reviewed annually. We have effective systems for monitoring and adequately managing our waste, water, waste water, energy, travel impact and purchases.

We have created beautiful biodiverse gardens over the last number of years free of pesticides and have an abundance of plants and trees including native flowers and shrubs to encourage birds insects and wildlife to the garden.

To help reduce our Carbon footprint we ask guest to:

Please turn off all lights and electrical equipment when leaving the room.

Place anything recyclable ie. Glass, plastics, newspapers etc in the dustbin provided in the bedroom.

Notify us of any leaks.

If you feel that you can reuse your towels please hang then back on the bathroom rails.

Environmental Action Plan

To produce an annual Environmental Action Plan setting out our objectives, targets and planned actions to comply fully with all relevant legislation.

To minimise our waste and to reduce our water consumption where possible.

To achieve sound environmental practices across our entire operations.

To invite our guests, suppliers and contractors to participate in our efforts to protect the environment.

To openly communicate our policies and practices to interested parties.

To reduce, reuse and recycle the resources consumed by our business wherever practical.

To monitor and record our environmental impacts on a regular basis and compare our performance with our policies, objectives and targets

Sustainable Transport

We actively encourage sustainable transport to our Guests and provide detailed information before and during their trip. Information on sustainable transport is available on our web site.

Burren Ecotourism Network (B.E.N)

Ballinsheen House & Gardens are a proud member of B.E.N. a network of tourism businesses with the objective of establishing the Burren as a premier internationally recognised sustainable tourism region ensuring the future economic and social growth and sustainable development of its communities, environment and heritage.

It seeks to support continued training, mentoring and accreditation in sustainable to tourism for its members and for businesses interested in joining the network. The Network aims to be a recognisable network of enterprises in the Burren, who have achieved independent accreditation, demonstrate ecotourism ‘best practice’ positively discriminate om each other’s favour, provide ‘one voice’ representation on issues impacting the Burren (where appropriate) and inspire conservative activism.

The Burren Ecotourism Network and the management organization of the Burren & Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark have enjoyed a special relationship since 2008. The two organizations work in partnership, having agreed in late 2012 to pool their resources in pursuit of their common objectives. Both organizations are committed to the promotion of responsible tourism that conserve the environment and improves the well-being of local people.

They work together to promote’ The Burren & Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark’ as a leading sustainable visitor destination, celebrated for high standards in visitor experience, conservation and learning.

For more information visit www.burren.ie

The Burren & Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark

In 2011 The Burren & Cliffs of Moher gained Global Geopark status, already spectacular neighbours, their coming together formed a destination of national wonders. Making over 530 square kilometres of the Burren & Cliffs of Moher Geopark offers diversity that is 2nd to none.

This rich and alluring landscape of staggering sea cliffs, limestone karst terraces, fertile valleys, vibrant villages and welcoming communities offers some truly inspiring experiences.

The Burren & Cliffs of Moher Global Geopark not only has outstanding natural and cultural heritage but a management organization that support its people and organizations to work together to ensure a cared for landscape, a better understanding heritage, more sustainable tourism, a vibrant community and strengthened livelihoods.

For more information visit  www.burrengeopark.ie

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We are a member of The Burrenbeo Trust

The core objective of the Burrenbeo trust
*To create a greater appreciation of the Burren as a living landscape of international importance
*To promote its holistic and self-sustaining conservation and development through research on best
   practice nationally and internationally.
*To engage farming families and local communities in the decision-making process affecting the area.
*To promote dialogue between interested parties at local, regional and national level.
*To Raise the consciousness of local children, their parents and families on the very special
  nature of the Burren through outreach work in local schools and
*To suggest models of sustainable ecological and economic development.

For more info. see www.burrenbeo.com

Leave No Trace

Leave No Trace Ireland is a network of organisations and individuals with an interest in promoting the responsible recreational use of the outdoors. As increasing numbers of people seek the beauty and exhilaration of outdoor recreation, our collective mark on the environment and its natural processes, increases.  Litter, disturbance to vegetation, water pollution, wildlife, livestock and other people are all indicators of the need to develop a national ethic that protects both natural and cultural heritage.  Techniques designed to minimise the social and environmental impacts to these areas are incorporated into the Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics Education Programme.
The Burren & Cliffs of Moher Geopark is partnering with Leave No Trace Ireland to identify and target opportunities for reducing environmental impact in recreational activity within the region.  In co-operation with this initiative, Ballinsheen House has completed Leave No Trace Awareness Training and is now an official Leave No Trace Partner 2014 . 
At the heart of Leave No Trace are seven principles for reducing the damage caused by outdoor activities. These are:
Plan Ahead and Prepare
Be Considerate of Others
Respect Farm Animals and Wildlife
Travel and Camp on Durable Ground
Leave What You Find
Dispose of Waste Properly
Minimise the Effects of Fire
Leave No Trace Ireland promotes and inspires responsible outdoor recreation through education, research and partnerships. The programme strives to build awareness, appreciation and respect for Ireland's natural and cultural heritage and is dedicated to creating a nationally recognised and accepted outdoor ethic that promotes personal responsibility. It encourages all outdoor enthusiasts (e.g. walkers, mountain bikers, canoeists, orienteerers, horse riders) to do their part to maintain those lands used by the public for the benefit of the environment and for future generations.
Practicing a Leave No Trace ethic is simple. Make it hard for others to see or hear you and LEAVE NO TRACE of your visit.
To learn more about the Leave No Trace programme, visit http://www.leavenotraceireland.org/