Galgorm Collection unveils green action plan

Galgorm Collection unveils green action plan

[Credit: Galgorm]

Northern Ireland: Galgorm Collection has announced plans to achieve carbon neutral status by 2030.

Galgorm Collection comprises the Galgorm, with its Thermal Village & Spa, The Rabbit Hotel & Retreat in Templepatrick, The Old Inn, Crawfordsburn, as well as two Belfast city centre restaurants, Fratelli and Parisien.

The company’s new Green Policy 10-point Plan involves waste management, water use, energy and transport. These measures will be implemented across the full collection by 2026. The second stage of the plan involves the transition to carbon neutral status by 2030.

At Galgorm, the largest property in the collection spanning 380 acres, solar and hydro projects will be installed later this year to harness power from the River Maine which flows through the estate.

3,000 trees will also be planted on-site to improve the biodiversity of the area. Galgorm will be engaging with local partners to further enhance green space and expand access to the estate with added walkways and cycle networks.

The company has pledged to include a fleet of zero-emission vehicles and increase the amount of EV changers available across all its properties. 

Focussing on the guest experience, initiatives include new outdoor activities at Galgorm, developing a £250,000 fitness suite at The Rabbit Hotel & Retreat, introducing an outdoor spa at The Old Inn, and rolling out a wellbeing programme and healthy eating menu across all properties. 

Tara Moore, the group’s head of spa operations and chairperson of the sustainability committee, said: “Carefully considered and consulted at every level, our sustainability pledge and plan of action will realise our goal to create an exciting, fully sustainable destination that works for the environment, our guests, our team and communities.

“We are open, transparent and ambitious in our plans and we are committed to continually reviewing and reporting on our progress and successes in the months and years ahead as part of our shared cleaner, greener future.”

The company’s team of over 800 employees will continue to support local communities, including litter picks and charity fundraising events for Simon Community and Community Rescue Service.

An enhanced benefits package for all eligible team members was announced last October, which included a £1 million investment into private health care cover over the next five years.

Galgorm Collection also donated £750,000 worth of experience vouchers to the Northern Health & Social Care Trust frontline staff in April 2020.

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