Jenkinstown Woods & Garden ...


Jenkinstown woods
Jenkinstown Wood was once part of the large estate of Bryan ? Bellew and is situated just 10km north of Kilkenny off the Castlecomer N76 road. The old house build in the late 18th Century is long gone having been so badly designed and constructed, fell just a short time later. There is now a private newly remodelled house with a purpose built Chapel wing on this site. The remnants of 1870s parkland have survived, including rare Necklace Poplars. There?s also a small garden commemorating the poet Thomas Moore, who wrote the Last Rose of Summer while staying at Jenkinstown House. The actual Rose that inspired him lives on as a cutting taken from it flourishes in the National Botanic Gardens at Glasnevin, Dublin.

Jenkinstown woods
Jenkinstown Wood might be small, a few acres of trees caught inside an old parkland wall, but there's more fascination here than you'd find in most places of comparable size. This is a great place to take time out to relax and enjoy the beautiful surrounding of the parkland. There is an enclosed park with deer which you can feed. There are numerous developed walks of varying length, signposted throughout the walk, which you can enjoy while taking in the breathtaking flora and fauna of the area. Some of the trees here have survived from the 1870?s and a number of rare species such as the Chinese necklace poplar can be explored. While either walking around the woods or just resting at one of the picnic tables you can experience the vast wildlife and birds who make this fabulous park their home, there are foxes, badger, stoats and both red and grey squirrels. There are pheasants, ravens, long-eared owls nesting in the woods and there are bats in the old church. This is an enchanting place to visit and has lots to offer during every season.


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