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Institute of Biology of Ireland
Activity Series, 2018-/19

JFK Park trees

The Institute of Biology of Ireland, as part of the 2018/19 Activity Series,
invites its members, families, friends for a guided tour of

John F Kennedy Memorial Park & Arboretum, New Ross, Co Wexford

Presenter: Brendan Walsh, Zoo Keeper, Dublin Zoo

Date and Time: Saturday, May 12th @ 2pm

Location: Ballysop, New Ross, Co. Wexford, Y34 KA48


About Athe John F Kennedy Memorial Park & Arboretum, New Ross, Co Wexford
Dedicated to the memory of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, President of the United States from 1960 to 1963, the Arboretum is a plant collection of international standing. The Arboretum was opened formally in 1968 and covers 252 hectares (623 acres) on the southern slopes and summit of Slieve Coillte. It contains 4,500 types of trees and shrubs from all temperate regions of the world, planted in botanical sequence. There are 200 forest plots grouped by continent. Special features include an Ericaceous Garden, (with 500 different rhododendrons, and many varieties of azaleas and heathers), dwarf conifers, hedges, ground covers and climbing plants. The lake is the most popular part of the Arboretum and is a haven for waterfowl. A road provides access to the summit at 271m from which there are panoramic views. A Visitor Centre houses exhibitions and audio visual show.

A member of the guiding team will conduct a tour of the Arboretum for members of the Institute of Biology of Ireland and their families and friends. The theme of the tour will be ‘Survivor trees’. The theme incorporates the concept of trees that have persisted over long periods of the earth’s history (evolutionary survivors) and will also reflect the response of trees to recent climatic events, such as Storm Ophelia in 2017 and Storm Emma and the ‘Beast from the East’ in 2018. The tour is scheduled for 2 pm; participants should assemble outside the Visitor Centre at 1.45 pm.

After the long winter of 2017/2018, this outing signals the start of the Institute of Biology of Ireland’s spring/summer program and provides the opportunity for members, their family and friends to enjoy a day out in one of the South-East’s premier attractions. We hope for a warm and fine sunny day, but visitors should bring raingear, while foot wear that is adequate for walking is essential. A buggy will be available for individuals with mobility limitations.  

Note: The Institute of Biology will cover the admission fee of its members
Members can make themselves known as such at the entrance kiosk, and then proceed to the Main Car Park. For accompanying non-members, details of Admission Fees are provided below.

Additional Information:
The Arboretum is open from 10 am- 8pm in May and has a Tea-room serving delicious food and snacks. Generous Picnic Facilities are also available. Dogs are allowed, on leash.

Admission Fees (non members):
Adult: €5.00; Senior: €4.00; Child/Student: €3.00; Family: €13.00
Under 12s are free.

Getting to the Kennedy Memorial Park & Arboretum, New Ross, Co Wexford 

Address: Ballysop, New Ross, Co. Wexford, Y34 KA48

Location: 12 km south of New Ross (off R733). 

GPS: Latitude 52.32211.  Longitude -6.93147). 


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Please email to advise of your intention to attend

(include the number in your party) by May 8th 2018.


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