Go Native – A Celebration of our Native Trees and Local Foods

Johnstown Castle Estate, Museum & Gardens, Oldtown Lane, Johnstown, County Wexford, Ireland

Join Foraging and Folklore Guide Lorraine from Gallivanting.ie on a very special Guided Walk on Thursday 22nd September that will take you back in time to see how our ancestors viewed our Native Trees. From ancient Brehon Laws to 19th-century Pig Farming, you will never see trees in the same light again! 

Find out why a woman with an Elder planted at her backdoor might have been accused of witchcraft or the original reason we brought Holly into the house midwinter, why was the Oak called the Nobelist of all trees and why was the Yew was considered sacred to the Druids? 

Along the way, there is old fairy folklore, magical healing herbs and much more to discover! 

With much to muse over, your walk will finish with a light picnic supper introducing you to the best in local, artisan food producers, in a wonderful courtyard picnic. Wexford has a vibrant community of food producers and this is a great opportunity to learn about what’s on offer in our County by tasting it for yourself.

This is a walk like no other! 

Tour Dates: 

  • June 23rd, 2022
  • July 21st, 2022
  • August 18th, 2022
  • September 22nd, 2022

Start Time: 7pm Meet in the visitor centre reception. Please arrive 20 minutes before the start time. As this is an afterhours event there will be no access available for anyone arriving late.

Duration: 2.5 hours

Suitable for children over 12. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

What to bring:

Hot Drinks: We will be serving some specialist drinks for our picnic but should you wish to have your own tea/coffee please do bring along a flask.

Rainwear: This is an outdoor walk so please be prepared for the Irish weather and wear appropriate outerwear and footwear. If it does rain we will hold our picnic in the lovely indoor surroundings of the visitor centre.

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