We have incorporated:

  • Installation of solar panels
  • A native Irish wildflower meadow with locally sources wildflowers
  • Porous grass grid carparking
  • Eco friendly decking
  • Native planting
  • Recycled materials for shop fitting, shelving, signage, plant benches & tree planters
  • Installation of 3 bee hives
  • Installation of car charging points
  • Bio composting of food waste & biodegradable packaging

Our Eco core values and concepts:

  • Use only recyclable packaging in our shop & food court
  • Grow our own fresh produce on site
  • Use local food producers & suppliers
  • Compost our waste & turn it back into garden soil
  • Move away from all harmful garden chemicals, herbicides & pesticides & to natural / organic alternatives
  • Move away from non-recyclable plastic in our plant pots
  • Champion natural & environmentally safe garden practices
  • Run courses in sustainable gardening
  • Use recycled well water for irrigation
  • Move towards sustainable energy Food Court

Installation of solar panels

Phase one of our solar project is now complete & we are happy to say that 20% of our current power usage is now powered through clean energy

How to have achieved 20% Solar Power acquisition 
Our €40,000 investment for the supply & install of 3 * 11KW solar arrays covering the tops of 2 x 40ft shipping containers with an additional block of panels positioned on the roof of our 22,00Sq Ft warehouse
This phase was completed early 2022
Pay back period is expected to be 6 years

Future projects 
To commence June 2022   
An additional 115,000€ investment to supply & install 4 * 39KW solar Arrays
These additional panels will cover the entire roof surface area of our remaining 40ft containers

Bees at Solas

Bee numbers across Ireland have been on the decline since the early 80's with close to a 50% reduction in the bee population
The main factors effecting bee numbers have been lost of habitat due to urban developments & intensive farming practices & the increased use of harmful insecticides in farming & horticulture

Bees account for 80% of all pollination in the wild. They are responsible for pollinating our garden plants, wildflower, fruit trees & bushes, even crops & vegetables in our allotments. The remaining 20% of pollination is performed by wind, birds & bats. Without the hard work of bees we would have no flowering plants & our food yields would likely drop by 80%

Here at Solas we want to do what we can to reverse the trend of plummeting bee numbers. In our 22,000 Sq.Ft. garden shop we only sell organic & natural garden pest control products & feeds. We promote the use of native Irish plants & flowers including of Irish wildflower seed mixes & our pollinator friendly plants on sale in our greenhouse

Last autumn we installed 3 bee hives at Solas, (2 National Hives & 1 Commercial). On the 2nd of October we introduced 10,000 Native Irish Black Bee to the lower hive body of the middle hive. By the end of this summer in 2022 we hope to have increased numbers to 90,000 bees. This can be achieved only when each hive produces a new, additional queen. At this point we need to carefully split the swamp into a new hive body. Each Hive body can sustain around 30,000 bees.

National Hives: These hives are small, lighter, & easier to handle
Commercial: These are popular as they allow for greater honey yields

Caring for Bees - what you can do.

We can all do our bit to help the bee. And here at Solas we want to help where we can. What bees really need is 2 fold
1. More habitats
You can help your garden bee friendly be introducing colourful wildflowers! Its a win win. They don't need to be native but we find that native meadows seem to attract more insects than a non-native mix. By planting lots of colourful flowers you can create an invaluable food source for busy bees.
Leave parts of your garden to the wild, and avoid a manicured look. Again, a win win. Leaving areas of your garden to run wild will also help the bee. Old wood logs, fallen trees, long grass are all habitats for bees & insects

2. Less harmful chemicals
Many of our commonly used garden chemicals are harmful to bees, Avoid the following chemicals: Imidacloprid, Thiacloprid, Cypermethrin
Here at Solas we sell many bee safe natural pest control and weed control products. You can find these in our store. From biological pest control to chemical free weed control there are many safe gardening solutions here at Solas

Eco Car Parking

As we continue to roll out our new carpark at Solas we are incorporated an eco friendly design
While most carparks are a concrete or tarmac jungle, we have opted for a greener approach with our geo-grid and grass parking bays

This is environmentally friendly in 2 ways:
1. Improved surface water drainage
2. Increase in bio-diversity and carbon storage

With the rapid increase in urbanisation we are losing our green field sites and as a result we are losing our ability for surface water / rain water to be quickly & easily absorbed back into the ground. Roads, driveways, paths, carparks all surfaced with non porous concrete mean water has no where to go. As a result we are seeing increasing cases of spot flooding & flash floods in towns and cities.
One small step to preventing this is to introduce grass grids into car parks creating a porous surface for water to drain away freely

We sowed grass seed in out grids. While grass is known to have a fairly low environmental benefit & only supports a small range of insects these areas remain extremely beneficial in 2 ways. Both the grass and soil will lock in carbon from the environment. While the grass maybe maintain only a small ecosystem the soil beneath will be busy with life and activity