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The Environment

Lesotho is 30,355 km2 (11,720 sq mi) in size with a population of approximately 2 067 000. The population distribution of Lesotho is 25% urban and 75% rural. It is the only independent state in the world that lies entirely above 1,000 metres (3,281 ft) in elevation. Its lowest point of 1,400 metres (4,593 ft) is thus the highest in the world. Over 80% of the country lies above 1,800 metres (5,906 ft). Lesotho is also the southernmost landlocked country in the world and is entirely surrounded by the country of South Africa. It lies between latitudes 28° and 31°S, and longitudes 27° and 30°E.

Because of its altitude, Lesotho remains cooler throughout the year than other regions at the same latitude. Most of the rain falls as summer thunderstorms. Maseru and surrounding lowlands often reach 30 °C (86 °F) in summer. Winters can be cold with the lowlands getting down to −7 °C (19 °F) and the highlands to −18 °C (−0 °F) at times. Snow is common in the highlands between May and September; the higher peaks can experience snowfalls year-round.

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 aka 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.