JFK Park and Arboretum
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 standind as well as a home for much wildlife - red squirrel etc.
The park covers a vast area over 600 acres on the slopes and peak of Slieve Coiltia - a wonderful viewing point and a walkers delight. There are numerous (between 4 & 5 thousand) types of trees and shrubs from all temperate regions of the world, planted in botanical sequence and the forest plots (over 200) are grouped by continent.
With an impressive display of rhododendrons and many varieties of azaleas and heathers, dwarf conifers, hedges, ground covers and climbing plants the park is a gardeners paradise. There is a manmade lake which is accessed by pathways through the wooded areas. The lake is a haven for ducks and other waterfowl. A Visitor Centre houses exhibitions and an audio visual show. To entertain the younger visitors there is a wonderful playground and tea/coffee shop for refreshments.
On the opposite side of the road to the Park entrance is the access road to the summit of Slieve Coilte from which there are amazing views on a clear day.
Location: 12 km south of New Ross
T: +353 (0)51 388171
Sat Nav: 52.319261,-6.934819