Tuesday 17 September 2019

Heritage week at JFK Arboretum

David Looby

JFK Arboretum and Memorial Park will celebrate National Heritage Week with a range of exciting, free activities, beginning this Saturday.

National Heritage Week, which runs from this Saturday till the following Sunday, is a celebration of Ireland's built, natural and cultural heritage and aims to generate awareness, appreciation and preservation of Ireland's wonderful resources.

The chosen theme for this year's Heritage Week is the celebration of Pastimes and Past Times.

At the JFK Arboretum and Memorial Park the OPW will hold the following events: Saturday, August 17: Celtic Tree Trail. Trees had an important status in Celtic Irish mythology; here you will travel back in time on a guided tour and learn about the importance this ancient culture placed on our native tree flora by exploring Ireland's native tree collection. (the tour takes approximately 1.5 hours). On Tuesday, August 20, Clever Trees: From prehistoric survival strategies to underground communication, just how clever are trees? Take a guided tour and learn more about the arboretum's clever tree collection.

On Wednesday, August 21, a talk called Intrepid explorers will allow visitors to discover lots about the arboretum. Pick up your free trail map at the Visitor Centre. Suitable outdoor clothing/footwear is advised for this family friendly event.

Also on Wednesday, August 21, from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m. the Ancient Craft of Irish Knitwear, a demonstration of heritage knitting techniques by Mary Redmond, takes place and is suited to families and children.

On Friday, August 23, a Walking Tour with Cormac Downey takes place at 12 noon. Cormac is an OPW Tree Officer and Arboriculturist who will lead a walking tour in the arboretum, highlighting some of the magnificent trees in the collection.

A talk on bats takes place between 8 p.m. and 9.30 p.m. on Friday, August 23. This guided bat walk by field ecologist Harm Deenen will seek out one of our most mysterious Irish mammals.

A Craft Fair takes place on Sunday, August 25, from 12 p.m. till 5 p.m. A wide variety of craft products ranging from pottery, hand-crafted jewellery, glass art, heirloom quilts, handmade timber products, wood-turned creations, aromatic skincare, handmade knitwear, photographic prints, paintings and illustrations to name a few, will be on show.

A talk by arboretum foreman and head gardener Kevin Naughton takes place at noon. Join Kevin for a walking tour and to hear about the uses of trees in times past and what might be of use in 'time' in the future! The walk lasts between an hour and an hour and a half.

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