Environmentally sustainable practices
- Encourage max 5 min showers
- One towel per guest, 3 day minimum
- Lights and devises to be turned off when not in use
- All waste properly disposed of, separate bins in each room and common areas
- Use public transport/carpooling to get to us
- Focus on outdoor activities, walking, running, cycling, surfing, kayaking, Blo karting, cliff jumping
Natural area focus
- Information available about local fauna and flora
- Provision of detailed ‘leave no trace code’ to all visitors
- Visitors directly experience a secluded area visit, woodland walk, hilltop view, lakeshore ramble and bog/wetland walk.
Interpretation and education
- Induction and welcome session for each group
- Evening briefing on next day’s activities and eco-friendly guidelines
Contribution to conservation
- Steering our kitchen towards the slow food movement
- We have developed a payback scheme where we encourage each visitor to contribute €2 to our local clean up initiative.
- We have developed an organic garden and are using our own seasonal veg
- A donation box is located in the dining room for guests to donate small amounts to help fund our community clean up days.
- The centre has made contact with The Irish Peat land conservation Council IPCC, and are providing a link on our website to their donations page http://www.ipcc.ie/donate-now/
Benefiting local communities
- Supporting local employment
- Working with local community groups, foroige, women’s group
- Development of a ‘man shed’
- Supporting local food suppliers & producers
- Supporting local activity providers
- Supporting local heritage and historical sites
- Providing a focal point for the community
- Supporting rural pubs
- Our community garden is open to the locals as an allotment facility
- Feedback cards provided in house and online
- Regular verbal communication with guests help us improve and build the experiences
- Continual assessment of the product by customers, peer groups and authorities leading to the improvement of the eco-tourism package
- Staff are being trained in health and safety
- All kitchen staff haccp trained
Public information event
We are very proud of our new project, the allotment and bug hotel, and are hosting an event in early July to launch it and to get the community involved in the project. The main aims of this event are
Make people aware of the biodiversity in Ireland and in our local area. Ireland is home to about 815 flowering plants, about 80 native ferns, more than 700 mosses and liverworts, 3,500 fungi, over 1,000 lichens and 1,400 algae. There are 32 terrestrial mammals, ten bat species, two species of seals and about 24 whales and dolphins. About 425 species of birds have been recorded in Ireland, about half of these birds breed here.
The Cashelard area has large number of habitats of which the local residents may not be aware of which are described in detail in the next section, 33, Information on Flora and Fauna.
The manger is attending the Leave no Trace awareness Day in the IMMA on March 28th. The aim is to develop a strong relationship with the organisation with and inviting them to host an awareness program here at the centre.
- To get the community actively involved in growing fresh produce
- Make the locals aware of our position in promoting eco-tourism in the area
- Interact with likeminded groups in the area.