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UCC unveils new, free, Arboretum tours to celebrate National Tree Week

University College Cork has launched a new self-guided tour of its globally-recognised Arboretum, which is being made completely free of charge to the public.

The initiative, launched to coincide with National Tree Week, will enable the public to take in thousands of trees across UCC’s Arboretum, while accompanied by a free guide developed by the University’s leading plant experts. The self-guided tour features trees on UCC’s historic main campus which is open to visitors all year round.

Those taking the self-guided tours will benefit from a new brochure which features a detailed map of the campus as well as highlights of the top 10 trees, plus some interesting sylvan facts.

UCC further plans to develop an audio tour of the Arboretum, which was officially recognised in 2020 by the worldwide ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Programme.

The UCC Arboretum dates from the foundation of the university as Queen’s College Cork in 1845 and makes a significant contribution to UCC’s award-winning and globally recognised Green Campus. In total, the entire arboretum now covers over 42 acres and is made up of approximately 2,500 trees, with over 120 different species represented in the collection. These species range from native Irish and British trees to American, Asian, Australian and European specimens. The self-guided tour focuses on the main campus section of the wider UCC Arboretum collection.

The production of this brochure has been funded by Science Foundation Ireland as part of the Tree Explorers Project. The Tree Explorers project has been running public tours as well as school tours since the start of the project in 2021. This new brochure will bring a new dimension to the Arboretum by promoting self-guided tours.

Dr. Eoin Lettice, one of the project leads, welcomed the publication: “This brochure really adds to the Tree Explorers project and opens up the wonderful trees of UCC Arboretum by making them more accessible to all.”

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