Aldi to Make First Garden Appearance at Bord Bia Bloom
Aldi is delighted to announce that it will be taking part at this year’s Bord Bia Bloom for the very first time. The festival, Ireland’s largest gardening and lifestyle event, will take place in Dublin’s Phoenix Park from June 2nd - 6th and is expected to attract over 100,000 visitors over the five-day event.
As part of this year’s festival, Aldi has teamed up with award-winning garden and landscape designer Tunde Perry to create a show garden themed around sustainability. Perry has previously worked with clients such as Fota Wildlife Park and Cloughjordan House. She has also exhibited at Bord Bia Bloom and has won many awards for her designs. Emulating natural woodland, the garden will see Irish native plants paired alongside edible colourful plants to create a garden that is not only low maintenance but also biodiverse. It will provide wildlife and insects with food, sustenance, and shelter such as skeps, these will be placed throughout the garden to provide a natural home for the bees. World Bee Day takes place on May 20th. This special day helps raise awareness of the importance of bees and highlights their contribution to the mitigation of climate change and environmental conservation. For its part, Aldi Ireland is committed to helping protect biodiversity and is a proud supporter of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan created by the National Biodiversity Data Centre. Aldi recognises that bees are responsible for the pollination of many crops, which is vital for Aldi’s business. That’s why it has committed to undertaking several pollinator-friendly measures that will help towards reducing carbon emissions and protecting biodiversity, making Aldi ‘Greener’ every day. To date, these measures have included introducing the Bee Happy Garden Madness pollinator-friendly plants promotion; Why not make your own garden a bee friendly this June bank holiday weekend with some Bee Happy €1.99- €4.99 pollinator plants? Commenting on the announcement, Niall O’Connor, Aldi Group Managing Director said: “We are truly delighted to be taking part at this year’s Bord Bia Bloom for the first time with Aldi’s Sustainable For-est Garden. Sustainability is ingrained in Aldi’s business ethos and has been carbon neutral since January 1st, 2019. We are continuously looking at new ways to improve our sustainable processes, support biodiversity and reduce carbon emissions at Aldi Ireland. Last month, we celebrated planting over 430,000 trees as part of a wider pledge to plant one million native hardwood trees by the year 2025. Planting 1 million trees will see more than 160,000 tonnes of carbon emissions removed from the atmosphere over a 100-year period.” Speaking on the garden, Tunde Perry, landscape and garden designer said: “Aldi’s Sustainable For-est Garden is designed to showcase an eco-friendly horticultural approach known as Forest Gardening. By relaxing and working with nature, visitors to Aldi’s Garden will be invited to slow down, take in their surroundings, and bask in the breath-taking beauty, as well as reflect on the importance of sustainable gardening.” Aldi Ireland has received the Green Retailer Award at this year’s Green Awards, in recognition of its company-wide commitment to a series of sustainability initiatives, including carbon and waste reduction, biodiversity, community engagement and staff training and awareness.
This award is just one of five major sustainability titles that Aldi has received in the last six months. Irish shoppers voted Aldi as Ireland’s Most Sustainable Supermarket according to the Ireland RepTrak Sustainability Index 2021, while the Business Energy Achievement Awards recently awarded Aldi the top award of Overall Best Energy Achievement as well as Best Energy Achievement in Retail. The retailer was also named Plastic Pledge Gold Winner at the 2021 Pakman Awards. For further information on Bord Bia Bloom, please visit www.bordbiabloom.com
Pick up Bee Happy pollinator plants (€1.99-€4.99) in one of 150 Aldi stores nationwide from June 2nd while stocks last.
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