Connacht Hotel makes it rain for the forest

Galway Daily news Connacht Hotel makes it rain for the forest

The Connacht Hotel raised almost €6,000 last year to support the preservation and restoration of Ireland’s rare Oceanic rainforest.

The popular hotel engaged in fundraising activities throughout the year to help support the charity Hometree, which is now almost a decade into its work or preserving Ireland’s forests.

The grand sum of money raised amounted to €5,778, of which €199 was generously donated by guests to the hotel throughout 2022.

The funds raised will be used to contribute to Hometree’s Wild Atlantic Rainforest project which will allow Hometree to restore and protect an acre of new rainforest.

To raise the funds for Hometree, The Connacht Hotel ran a campaign last year which saw them take an allocation from the sale of every corporate room night.

These were then donated to Hometree to help offset the ecological impact of those stays.

“We’re delighted at The Connacht Hotel to have raised such a sizeable sum for Hometree,” said Sarah Comer, Group Commercial Manager.”

“Sustainability is a huge part of our focus and a journey we have been on for a number of years.”

“Working with Hometree allows us to give back in a meaningful way and we look forward to our continued work with Matt and the team at Hometree in the coming years.”

Hometree is an Irish organisation that is dedicated to adding more trees to the Irish landscape, allowing them to positively impact Ireland’s biodiversity while also creating a strengthened connect between people and nature. 

Just one tree can draw down almost 4.5kg of Co2 each year. To date, Hometree has planted more than 150,000 trees, helping to remove huge amounts of carbon from the atmosphere.

Hometree was founded in late 2014 and has grown from strength to strength over the years, as have the trees they have planted – many of them are now well over three metres in height. 

Hometree’s CEO Matt Smith spoke about their partnership with The Connacht Hotel and what it means to have large businesses involved in contributing to the Hometree cause. 

“It’s been great to be on a three-year journey with the hotel, and we are excited to be continuing the partnership into 2023.”

“The hotel have joined and have supported a large-scale rainforest protection and implementation project,” Matt said.

To find out more about Hometree’s mission, visit their website here.