Mannok announces its progress in protecting the environment through the release of its environmentally themed 2024 calendar, which features beautiful photography of the nature that surrounds the company in its over 2,000 acres of land holdings as well as information detailing the environmental milestones the company has completed recently.
Having had its landholdings surveyed by Ulster Wildlife to develop a natural assets action plan to increase the land’s environmental benefits, and with the Mannok sustainability strategy having the planet as one of three main areas of focus, it is clear Mannok is committed to protecting the environment and has completed a number of substantial projects in 2023 as part of this.
Stephen Linden, Environmental Manager commented, “I was delighted when the company suggested having an environmental theme for the 2024 Calendar. We have been working hard on many environmental initiatives since the launch of our Sustainability Strategy in 2021 which has the planet and environment as one of the main pillars, the images in the calendar and accompanying descriptions are a great way of showcasing some of our achievements in 2023.
Something that is extremely important for Mannok is partnership and communication with our customers, suppliers and the local community, to raise awareness of our commitment to innovative sustainability projects, the importance of protecting our local environment and reducing our carbon footprint. As the calendar is distributed to our employees, customers and the local community it was a great way to inform them of the work we have been doing to protect endangered species, reduce our carbon footprint and enhance pollination and biodiversity.”
To recognise all of the environmental projects the company achieved in the year, the newly released 2024 calendar has an environmental theme with 12 beautiful photos of the nature surrounding it. The pictures include areas of tree planting as part of the company’s achievement of planting 11,700 native trees in 2023 bringing the total number of trees planted by the company to 12,540 in recent years.
The company Kestrel Cam initiative features in two images including a captivating action shot of a female kestrel skilfully landing into a nook within one of Mannok’s quarry faces, a protected nest where a pair of kestrels have raised their young every spring for the last six years. The second image is one of a healthy kestrel chick carefully taken from the nest in 2023, by an experienced ornithologist, Dr. Kez Armstrong, to have a unique coded colour ring fitted to its leg which will further facilitate the study of the red-listed species.
Mannok is a proud business supporter of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan, a nationwide initiative to address the decline in pollinator numbers which are crucial to preserving native Irish ecosystems. To support this another image from the calendar captures three white traditional garden beehives, home to three busy native Irish honeybee colonies at the front of Mannok’s Packaging Products facility. From their beehives, the company produce local honey every year for employees to enjoy with donations going to Dooletter Wildlife Rescue in Boho in 2023.
The company also partook in no mow May and images show some of 180,000 specially selected spring flowering bulbs which were planted around sites and the wild, vibrant and untouched flowering meadow bursting with life behind Mannok’s Derrylin Office, preserved to benefit biodiversity, pollinators and delicate ecosystems. In total the company have planted 3000m2 wildflower meadows.
These are just some of the initiatives and projects that have been beautiful photographed for the 2024 calendar and showcase to the local community, customers and suppliers who received the calendar the commitment the company have to meeting the ambitious targets set out in the Mannok 2030 Vision – the company’s Sustainability Strategy which was launched in 2021 and details how it will transition the business from a carbon intensive operation to a more sustainable path by the end of the decade.