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 Green Team to investigate and implement the 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.
Polytunnel to Plate
We are launching our polytunnel number three at The Lodge, and our Chefs in particular are very excited! The polytunnel is an amazing source of vegetables and herbs for the Lodge to enjoy fresh produce on site, and now our guests can be involved too.
A poly tunnel 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.
The Last Straw
The fight against single use plastics has been heavily featured in the media recently, and we have committed in 2018 to start the process of ridding our Estate of wasteful plastic by eradicating plastic bottles and plastic straws and replacing these with environmentally friendly bio-degradable options.
Supporting Good Causes
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.
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.
From the Blog
More and more people in golf re working to foster nature, conserve resources and support their communities. The Geo Foundation strives to achieve sustainability in golf and we are very honoured to have been awards the Geo Golf certification this year.
We are one a very few Estates in Ireland to have been awards this award and strive to grow this new relationship further.
From "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. A social enterprise that creates socially conscious products and experiences to help directly benefit their local communities and the world, their teams in Asia, Africa, and Latin America have provided more than 1 million people with clean water, built 1,000 schools and schoolrooms overseas, and empowered more than 200,000 children with access to education.
The new chocolate bars to be sold in the hotels have been voted the best chocolate in Ecuador. It is ethically sourced, benefits cacao farmers and gives back to WE Village communities – supporting education, health and food programming.
The Green Team
Our green initiatives are all supported and encouraged by Red Carnation Hotels, as a family run brand they are committed to acting sustainably. Red Carnation have reached a number of green milestones and donated hundreds of thousands of pounds to charities such as Great Ormand Street Hospital and The Starlight Foundation.