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Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme – Woodstock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kilkenny County Council recently secured grant aid, under the Outdoor
Recreation Infrastructure Scheme (ORIS), for the rehabilitation of existing
tracks and trails in Woodstock. During the various phases in the work,
there will be some short term disruption to individual tracks and trails
which will impede some regular walkers. Work on identifying and repairing
old drains will be part of the works and there will be machinery on site.

The necessary signage and notices will be displayed, and Kilkenny County
Council asks people to observe the temporary restrictions. It is necessary
to inspect the drains during wet weather, to establish the extent of the
remedial works. So the initial works will be inspection and identification,
followed by repair to drains and watercourses.

The overall objective of the project is to encourage engagement in outdoor
recreational activity. This development will facilitate the long desired
provision of an all-season amenity trail which will reinforce the link
between the village and the demesne and allow visitors to explore one of
the most scenic heritage sites in County Kilkenny linking the village and
up-grading existing paths and trails/tracks throughout the estate with
recently enhanced way-finding and interpretation.

The proposed works involve the linking of Inistioge village to the
Woodstock estate and gardens by means of the existing path network along
the River Nore, and through the Woodstock Estate. The paths are very
popular with local people but are in poor condition and, as a result, have
not been actively promoted as an amenity/tourism resource to date. The main
problem is the old drainage network laid down in the Victorian era when the
estate was developed has over the years become blocked and diverted causing
damage to surfaces and walls.

The proposed works will involve identifying and locating the original
drainage network from old Ordnance Survey maps; clearing blockages and
re-opening shores and channels, many of which are still in-situ. It is also
proposed to erect a canvas image of Woodstock House to the front elevation
of the house now in ruins. The facade will show visitors what the House
looked like in its heyday, and will not interfere with the structure, as it
will be constructed as a separate entity. The image will be in black and
white and will be erected in sympathy with the formal Winter Gardens,
currently being restored, to the rear of Woodstock House.

The paths will also require repair as the surface is poor in many places.
This will involve spreading and compacting a layer of stone filling on the
surface to create a high quality 6 kilometre surface for walking with a
material which is in keeping with the rural surroundings.

The proposal will ensure that recently sign-posted walks from the Inistioge
village through the Woodstock Estate to the gardens and the return loops
are walkable all year round. The connectivity to the South Leinster Way is
also highlighted and signed, together with Map boards highlighting the many
heritage features in the immediate area and also the tourism features in
the wider Inistioge/Thomastown/New Ross/Graiguenamanagh and the links to
same by existing river walks (The Nore Valley Walk) and the South Leinster
Way (Links to Graiguenamanagh).

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Dawn Chorus at Woodstock – Bank Holiday Monday, 7th May

♫♪ Dawn Chorus at Woodstock ♫♪

Dawn Chorus Event and Nature Walk led by
Pat Durkin of Birdwatch Ireland

Date: Bank Holiday Monday, 7th May 2018

Time: 05.00 am
(but come earlier if you would like to enjoy the first notes)

Venue: Meet in car park at Woodstock Gardens

 

NB Dress warmly
Hot drinks and breakfast snacks served afterwards.
Event organised and sponsored by Inistioge Tidy Towns

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Garden Opening Hours

Opening Hours : The opening hours vary with the seasons and with available daylight.

Summer: (April to September) 9am to 7.30 pm

Winter: (October to March) 9am to 4pm

This is for your own safety.

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Due to storm damage Woodstock closed to the public until further notice

Woodstock gardens will partially re-open on Saturday the 28th of October. Certain areas will remain off limits as the clean up following Storm Ophelia continues. The woodland walks and avenues will be closed but the remainder of the gardens, the playground and the tea room will be open. We would ask visitors to please respect signs regarding closed off areas

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Information & Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Woodstock – An Autumn Tale

Woodstock – An Autumn Tale

24th September, 2017

FAO’s


Is there an entrance fee?

There will be no entrance fee to the event.
However normal car park charges will apply, which is €4 payable on your exit from the car park (coin only).

Do I need to book in advance?

Yes, you must book your tickets in advance on eventbrite.com. For Health
& Safety reasons numbers will be restricted. You will need to print
your ticket and present it on entry to Woodstock Gardens. One ticket per
person is required. Entry will not be permitted without a printed ticket.

Where is Woodstock Gardens?

Woodstock Gardens are located on the outskirts of Inistioge Village, Co.
Kilkenny. From the Square in the village take the turn up the steep High
Street , the main gates to Woodstock are at the top of this steep street.


What time does it start / finish?

Events will start at 12.30pm and finish at 5pm sharp. Our final event will
be a Woodland Parade with all of our performers and anyone who wishes to
join in! The Parade will start at 4 pm.

What activities will be there be?

We will have performers and giant installations (provided by Bui Bolg
Productions) placed around the gardens, you never know what you might see…….

Each of our performers will interact with the children at different times
during the day as follows (exact times subject to change)

1 pm – Explore with our intrepid explorers

1.45 pm – Joint the Mad Hatter at his tea party

2.30 pm – Watch out for the sly foxes

3.15 pm – Find the shy rabbits

4 pm – Woodland Parade

We will also have a Giant Teddy Bear who will be present at various times
during the day. And for the older children we will have a forest school
running throughout the day (must be booked on the day) plus an Amazing Fire
Performer. After our final event , the Woodland Parade, a prize will be
awarded to the child who comes dressed as the best woodland character. A
string quartet will also be present on the day in the conservatory.


Do I have to pay for things once I’m inside?

All of the entertainment provided will be free of charge. We will have food
and drink stalls which you can buy from. Our tea room which is located in
the conservatory will also be open on the day.


Food providers/stalls will be there on the day?

We will have limited picnic benches but why not bring a blanket and sit on
the grass and enjoy your food! All of our food providers/stalls will be
located in the one area of the gardens (between the Walled Garden and the
Winter Garden)


Is parking free?

No – normal car parking charges will apply. €4 per vehicle payable on your
exit from the car park (coin only).


Are there public toilets?

Yes, we will bring in extra toilet facilities for the event. We will also
have designated Disabled Toilets available.


Is there disabled access to all areas?

We have done our best to ensure that most of the events are held in one
area and are as accessible as possible, but we would point out that this is
a park/wooded garden and unfortunately there are some things that our
beyond your control. Most of the events will be held in the area around the
Walled Garden which is on a slight incline but paths are well surfaced.
Please also note that the walk from the car park to the event area is
approximately 200 metres and is on a gradual incline.

We have someone with us who has trouble walking?

We do have a mobility buggy which can transport you from the car park
entrance to the gardens to the walled garden. Please also note that the
walk from the car park to the event area is approximately 200 metres and is
on a gradual incline. If you do need to avail of the mobility buggy please
go to the designated pickup area which will be sign posted and we will
do our best to accommodate you. Please note there may be a wait at busy times.


Are all areas buggy friendly?

The area where the events are taking place are buggy friendly. The location
for the Woodland Parade may be a little bumpy but is accessible with a
buggy.


Where is the meeting point if I lose my child?

The event office will be located in the Walled garden and will be sign
posted on the day. If your child does go missing please notify a member of
staff (identifiable in Hi-Viz Jackets) in the area immediately. Please make
your older children aware that if they are in any difficulty to contact any
member of staff. Our performers will also have someone with them who can
also be contacted if the need arises.

Children must be accompanied by Parent/Guardian at ALL times


Will first aid be available onsite?

Yes – Civil Defence will be on site next to the event office located in the
Walled Garden


Are dogs allowed at the event?

No, except for Guide dogs and Assistance dogs.


What if it rains?

Hopefully we will have a lovely day, but as this is Ireland we cannot
depend on the weather! Please come dressed for whatever weather we are
presented with on the day. All of the events will be held outdoors. If the
weather in the lead up to the event is wet, we would advise that some areas
may be quite mucky. Please come dressed appropriately!

 

This event has been organised and funded by the Parks Department, Kilkenny
County Council, County Hall, John Street, Kilkenny.

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Something Exciting is Happening in Woodstock – 24th September, 2017

Woodstock  – An Autumn Tale September 2017

 

This event took place in Woodstock Gardens, Inistioge, Co. Kilkenny on the 24th September 2017

 

 

An Autumn Tale
An Autumn Tale
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Wedding Venue

A unique outdoor wedding venue

Wedding Collage - Woodstock Ireland

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are thinking of a unique and intimate location for a civil ceremony then the Woodstock Gardens & Arboretum might just be the venue for you.  We are licensed to hold civil ceremonies in our magnificent gardens and picturesque woodlands, the perfect backdrop for your precious photographs.  New for 2019 we now have available to hire a vintage Piaggio Coffee Van to offer refreshments to your guests while you take some timeout for photos of just the two of you.

You can also book Woodstock Gardens just to have your wedding photographs taken (it is important to book this in advance to ensure availability)

For further information on weddings at Woodstock Gardens or if you wish to view our facilities for the possibility of a civil ceremony please contact:

056 7794441 or parks@kilkennycoco.ie

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Weddings at Woodstock

Wedding Collage - Woodstock Ireland

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are thinking of a unique and intimate location for civil ceremony then the Woodstock Gardens & Arboretum might just be the venue for you.  We are licensed to hold civil ceremonies in our magnificent gardens and picturesque woodlands, the perfect backdrop for your precious photographs.  New for 2018 – our cute Piaggio Coffee Van to offer refreshments to your guests while you take some timeout for photos of just the two of you.

For further information on weddings at Woodstock Gardens or if you wish to view our facilities for the possibility of a civil ceremony please contact:

056 7794441 or parks@kilkennycoco.ie

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The Aboretum / Pleasure Grounds

"The Aboretum / Pleasure Grounds" circa 1890
“The Aboretum / Pleasure Grounds” circa 1890

Also known as the Pleasure Grounds, the Arboretum at Woodstock was the focus of a considerable amount of exotic tree planting during the 19th Century. The area which is located on gently rising ground was chosen to display the choice trees to their best advantage. An important component of the Pleasure Grounds were the Rhododendrons, which formed the background of the arboretum. Visitors to Woodstock in the 1860’s and 1870’s were very impressed with the exotic trees and their positioning.

One contemporary writer observed, ‘The turf is kept as smooth as a carpet and not a tree on it that is not a picture of beauty’ (The Gardener’s Record: An Irish Fortnightly Journal. Volume 1, pages 8-11, 1869).

Today the arboretum is dominated by conifers, notably Pinus montezumae var hartwegi, (Hartweg’s pine), Sequoia sempervirens (Coast Redwood), Cryptomeria japonica (Japanese Cedar), Sequoia dendron giganteum (Giant Redwood), Chamaecyparis pisifera (Sawara cypress), Thuja standishii (Japanese Arbor-vitae) and Thuja plicata ‘Zebrina’ (Golden Variegated Western Red Cedar) to name a few. In addition to the conifers are several other notable trees including Fagus sylvatica ‘Pendula’ (Weeping beech – Irish Clone), Castanea sativa (Sweet Chestnut), Quercus ilex (Holm Oak), Luma apiculata (Chilean myrtle), Crinodendron hookerianum (Chilean Lantern Bush)

Extensive tree works have been now carried out to all trees in the Arboretum where necessary to ensure their long term survival. Seeds and cuttings have also been taken and grown on to ensure a constant supply from original plant stock for planting in the future

Evening Photograph of tree works in Aboretum Woodstock
Evening Photograph of tree works in Aboretum Woodstock

Evening Photograph of tree works in Aboretum Woodstock

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The Monkey Puzzle Walk

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It was observed by William Miller following a visit to Woodstock that the trees did not do very well at first, making little ‘new growth and got rusted , which was owing to the wet, ingenial nature of the soil and subsoil’. However when the new head gardener, Charles McDonald, arrived at Woodstock in 1860, he resolved to carry out extensive drainage operations and replant the trees, all of which was done 1861-2. The trees were planted ‘afresh on mounds, the plants ranging from four to fourteen feet when re-planted’ (Irish Farmers Gazette, Dublin, Saturday, June 14th 1862).

"The Monkey Puzzle Walk" circa 1920
“The Monkey Puzzle Walk” circa 1920

Following this replanting the trees thrived to the present day.

The majority are in good condition having had extensive tree works to remove ivy and deadwood etc. A number of dead trees were removed, their deaths caused by blocked drains, and 22 no. trees were replanted. Several of the trees are seed bearing, so seeds are being collected and grown on for a future plant supply. These trees are particularly valuable, as they are threatened in their native habitat. They are listed in the red list of the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) . Read more at http://www.iucn.org/