University College Cork will host a tour of its historic tree collection for the first time in living memory as part of the upcoming Community Week at the University.
The collection dates back to 1849 and is made up of over 2,500 trees of 120 different species.
These include familiar trees such as the Horse Chestnut and Willow as well as the more exotic such as the Californian Redwood and Wollemia Pine.
Generations of UCC students are aware of the London Plane tree due to its prominent position near the Boole Library and such trees have been used extensively as an urban tree in major cities, including London, hence its name.
There are also a pair of Giant Redwoods that are the tallest trees on the campus that were originally donated by William Crawford (of Beamish and Crawford fame) who was a major benefactor to the University and specifically the botanical collections in the earliest days of the college.
The tour, which will be led by UCC Plant Scientist Dr Eoin Lettice and takes place on Tuesday, October 8.
Speaking ahead of the tour, Dr Lettice said he was looking forward to welcoming people to campus specifically to see the trees: “UCC is open campus and we welcome visitors from all over the world. The award-winning green campus is characterised by these botanical giants that make UCC one of the most beautiful campuses in Ireland. It is great to showcase our trees and let them take centre stage”
Although everyone is welcome, places are limited so registration is essential at https://ucctreetour.eventbrite.ie