Castlemartyr Resort in East Cork has received an environmental award from Green Hospitality Ireland, the only Irish developed environmental certification standard for the hospitality sector. Following an audit from the Green Hospitality Programme in May 2010, Castlemartyr gained the award for its sterling green credentials. This means recognition of the hotel’s innovative efforts in introducing an environmental action plan focusing on energy, waste, and water management, as well as developing strong environmental practices right across the resort.
Green-aware activities underway at Castlemartyr include recycling of newspapers, plastics and bottles, energy conservation both at front and back of the hotel, using local suppliers to reduce travel costs and minimising food waste. Andrew Phelan, general manager of Castlemartyr Resort says: “One of our objectives here at Castlemartyr is to progress our environmental efforts to be as carbon neutral as we can, and our award recognises this”.
Students from Castlemartyr National School were recently involved in the annual Autumn bulb planting programme. Management at Castlemartyr resort invited local schoolchildren from third and fourth classes in Scoil Iosaf to get involved in an array of outdoor activities, from bulb planting, to seed growing and even the creation of a vegetable garden as part of Castlemartyr’s Resort Environmental Programme.
This Autumn, Castlemarytr Resort is carrying out a series of works on the grounds, including collecting seeds, propagating cuttings, germinating and growing seeds in the poly tunnel, as well as planting more trees, shrubs and bulbs, kindly supplied by Dundrum Nurseries in County Tipperary.