Brigit’s Garden mission and values

Brigit’s Garden is a values-driven social enterprise and registered charity on an 11-acre site in Roscahill, Co. Galway. We offer a range of services and activities in the areas of environment, education, and tourism.

It is our mission to offer Brigit’s Garden as a place of connection with nature, beauty and Celtic heritage, and as a resource for education, reflection and creativity.

Sustainability is at the heart of our ethos. Our values include:

What is sustainability?

Sustainability is defined as ‘Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’, United Nations 1987.

Sustainable tourism is defined as ‘Tourism that takes full account of its current and future economic, social, and environmental impacts, addressing the needs of visitors, the industry, the environment and host communities’, UNWTO, n.d.. We follow this definition and aim to reduce our negative effects and increase our positive impacts.

We recognise that sustainability is a journey of continuous improvement and continuous learning. This policy outlines how we approach sustainability and the process of monitoring, feedback and change. 

Responsibilities for Sustainability

Board of Trustees
Sustainability lead
Staff green team

 

Our Sustainability Policy has two main strands:

Strand 1

To offer education, information, and engagement in relation to nature, sustainability and the environment to visitors of all ages, and to inspire people to make changes in their own families and communities.

This means that we:

Strand 2

To operate Brigit’s Garden in as sustainable a manner as possible
2.1 Minimise our carbon footprint
Targets and actions 2023
Target reduction of 5% in carbon emissions and measures to take to achieve this.
 2.2 Reduce energy consumption and use renewable energy
Targets and actions 2023
Target of 7% reduction in energy consumption
2.3 Minimise waste and plastic use
Targets and actions 2023
Target to reduce landfill waste by 5%
2.4 Reduce water consumption
Targets and actions 2023
Target water consumption reduction of 10%
2.5 Support nature and biodiversity
2.6 Use environmentally friendly products
2.7 Social responsibility
2.8 Responsible sustainability marketing