We in the An Oige conservation group have a love for all things to do with the environment, natural and manmade. Appreciation of the environment and its preservation has always been among the core aims of the hostelling association and that is what inspires us as members.
That’s why we set ourselves the task keeping An Óige a green clean hostelling machine. So, the next time you are in the self catering kitchen of Dublin International Hostel and you are wondering what to do with your empty jar of pasta sauce, look out for the recycle bins with the signs on them close by. We put them there and introduced a waste recycling system for the hostel. And if you are up in Donegal’s Errigal Hostel in your eco-friendly electric car, you can use the car battery recharger we got installed and maybe you will notice they have the prestigious Eco-Flower award, which is only given when you pass a raft of stringent criteria of eco-friendly practices. Yep, we got that done too.
For the culture vultures our conservation group regularly organises visits to places of interest, ranging from historic buildings or the latest art exhibition, to ancient archeological sites.
Another thing – when you stay at our Knockree Hostel in Co. Wicklow, wander downhill to the woods directly below the hostel. You won’t see bears picnicking but you will be in for a pleasant surprise. That’s where we have our Native woodland scheme. In spring time, around late April to May, you will find the ancient alder woods carpeted in bluebells, a welcome sight for sore eyes and a tonic for a tired soul. If you go alone, all the better.
These are just a few of our favorite things that we as a conservation group have done, are doing and will continue to do, since environmental hostels are our thing.
By the way, did I mention that we are all unpaid volunteers? So why do we do what we do? Because we are inspired by nature and by nature inspired!