At The Rosehip Company we are very aware of the environmental
responsibility of our company. Lesotho’s main objective is that every
person living in Lesotho has the fundamental right to a clean and
healthy environment. The rate of population growth and the productivity
of available resources are actively managed by the Environmental
Management Team. Quality of products in Lesotho are high, as
fertilization and pesticides are kept to a minimum.
Rosa Eglanteria (Rubignosa) is an alien and invasive species introduced to Lesotho. There are various explanations for the way in which the plant got introduced but that it spread very rapidly is certain. There was also the reasoning that it should be planted in dongas and erosion gullies to prevent the huge soil erosion problem that Lesotho experience.
The plant’s roots did not bind the soil effectively but it did find a very good environment in which to spread aggressively. Currently very large areas of Lesotho are covered by the plant and even though we remove large quantities of seed from the environment through our harvesting the distribution of the plant does not seem to be diminished.