The Living Giants of Rossmore Park
As part of the Giants Festival in Rossmore Park, ecologist Billy Flynn led a walk for children and parents/guardians to discover some of the living giants in the park.
As part of the Giants Festival in Rossmore Park, ecologist Billy Flynn led a walk for children and parents/guardians to discover some of the living giants in the park. Among them is the Giant Redwood tree or Sequoia which oios one of the most famous residents of the park. Giant Redwood can grow to a maximum height of 100 m with a girth of up to 27m. It is native to Sierra Nevada in Californian and is confined to a few isolated slopes with a western aspect between 5000 and 8000 feet above sea level. It was introduced to Ireland in the 1850's. Under Irish conditions the largest recorded is 51m high and a girth of 8.6m. The Rossmore Redwoods were planted by Henry Cairnes Westenra, 4th Lord Rossmore on his 11th birthday in 1862. Unfortunately Henry died at the young age of twenty two during a steeplechase in Windsor Castle in 1874. The Park was formerly part of the Barony of Rossmore created in 1796 and covers over 320 hectares with many forest walks, a wonderful play park for children, a giant sculpture trail and remnants of its past life as an estate.
Activities on the walk included how to measure the height of a tree and discovering the creepy crawlies that live in trees.
This event was organised by Monaghan Town Team (add logos Monaghan Has it & Monaghan Co Co)