Lidl Ireland has announced that it is stepping up its support for biodiversity by launching Operation Pollination and signing up to the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan.
The German-based discount retailer said that it recognises that bees are an essential part of the food production team through the transferring of pollen.
Thus, the retailer is taking action to support biodiversity so pollinators can survive and thrive, which include:
- Promoting its bee-friendly pollinator range, which are plants that are particularly attractive to pollinators such as Lavender and Perennials.
- Ensuring that there are no pesticides which are harmful to pollinators on our bee-friendly plant range.
- Installing bat boxes (night-time pollinators), insect hotels and pollinator-friendly plants at Lidl head office in Dublin as well as a native wildflower meadow at its distribution facility currently under construction in Newbridge, Co. Kildare
'A Better Tomorrow'
‘The environment forms an important part of Lidl’s “A Better Tomorrow” sustainability strategy,’ the retailer said in a statement, ‘with numerous actions already underway to support biodiversity and the planet in which we live’.
Lidl holds a strict policy concerning pesticides, keeping its fruit and vegetables under one-third of the maximum level permitted by EU law.
The retailer is also continuing to build green roofs at selected new stores across the country, which are all partially covered in vegetation and absorb rainwater and provide insulation, reducing the need for in-store drainage systems.
Lidl also recently secured a grant for the installation of energy-saving solar panels at its distribution centre in Newbridge, which is currently under construction.
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