We Care

Here at The Lodge at Ashford Castle we do everything we can to protect the environment and are committed to our community and dedicated to social responsibility. The threat posed by climate change and the need to preserve natural resources are some of the most important issues facing us today. Supporting local charities, conservation, preservation, nature, heritage and green initiatives including the personal development of each member of the Red Carnation team, is at the heart of everything we do.

At The Lodge at Ashford Castle, we are keenly aware of our responsibility to confront these problems head-on, and have instituted a Sustainability team to investigate and implement ways we can contribute to this global process. For example, The Lodge is now 100% LED – a project we began in 2016 and completed in late 2017.

Our Initiatives

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Last Straw Campaign

Did you know that the world uses over 500 million unrecyclable plastic straws a day? Plastic straws are one of many types of plastic polluting our earth and harming our wildlife. We are passionate about eradicating single use plastics. The campaign strives to educate the public about its effects on our health, our environment, and our oceans.

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Clean the World

Clean the World Foundation is a global health organisation committed to improving the quality of life for vulnerable communities around the world. We provide sustainable resources, programming and education focused on water, sanitation and hygiene for all those affected by poverty, homelessness and humanitarian or natural crisis. 
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Hand in hand

We arrange a number of different events throughout the year and to date have raised over €12,000 across the Estate for this wonderful charity. We had a number of different activities throughout the year such as a Christmas Raffle and a 5km fun run. Guests also got involved and contributed €1 toward the charity on their bill. 
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Me to We

ME To WE is part of WE, a family of organizations making doing good, doable. WE is made up of WE Charity, empowering domestic and international change. We sell ME To WE chocolates in every hotel to help a social enterprise that creates socially conscious products and experiences to help directly benefit their local communities and the world.
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Polytunnel to plate

We launched our third polytunnel at The Lodge, which enables us to enjoy fresh produce on site and guests can be involved too.

A polytunnel tour commences at 11.30am each morning alongside our chefs, to pick vegetables and forage other herbs that will then be prepared for their evening meal.

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Sustainability Committee

Red Carnation Hotels supports and encourages a wide selection of green initiatives and is fully committed to sustainability. Our Sustainability Committee is led by Victoria Tollman (Director of The Travel Corporation, Red Carnation Hotels and the Bouchard Finlayson winery) and Red Carnation's Managing Director Jonathan Raggett.

Projects and progress

Single Use Plastic
Eliminating single use plastic in hospitality

Red Carnation Hotels paves the way for a more sustainable, plastic-free future.


Thoughtful Traveller
The rise of the thoughtful traveller

We introduce today's environmentally conscious jet setters, who seek authenticity and sustainable experiences.


Make Travel Matter
TreadRight travels to Jordan

Our journey takes us to Wadi Seer to meet a women’s cooperative that’s changing lives and preserving local heritage, one powerful story at a time.


Support Action Against Hunger with Red Carnation

Red Carnation is committed to improving the lives of millions in poverty around the world.


Jonathan Raggett
Jonathan Raggett on Sustainable Luxury

Managing Director of Red Carnation Hotels, Jonathan Raggett shares his thoughts on the sustainability issues of today.


Green New Years Resolutions
Green New Year's resolutions for 2018

At Red Carnation make it our mission to protect and preserve the planet’s rich resources. Why not make a green New Year’s resolution that will make a difference in 2018?


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