Need to spread the word about Woodstock, Inistioge - Jane Galwey

THE marketing of Woodstock Gardens and Arboretum, Inistioge must be placed higher on the list of priorities with Kilkenny County Council.

THE marketing of Woodstock Gardens and Arboretum, Inistioge must be placed higher on the list of priorities with Kilkenny County Council.

After four years of hibernation, newly co-opted councillor succeeded in having a meeting of the Woodstock monitoring committee last week. “I called for the meeting because it is important to use this wonderful attraction to its full potential. Tourism is of paramount importance to the economy of Kilkenny and Woodstock is in the top ten gardens in the country and has also earned renown and admiration across the seas,” the Bennettsbridge woman said.

The group met in the tea rooms at Woodstock and discussed a range of issues from the history of the gardens to income and expenditure and future developments. All members present agreed that the marketing of Woodstock Gardens could be improved to increase visitor numbers and to inform people from near and far about what Woodstock has to offer.

“There is so much to see in Woodstock including the remains of the majestic Winter Garden, the romantic Rose Garden, the playground, the Noble Fir walkway and even the longest Monkey Puzzle avenue in Europe,” she pointed out.

“ I would urge anyone in Kilkenny who has not been to visit the gardens to go and see what you are missing. It is a cheap, healthy and fun activity for all ages,” she added.

“We need to spread the word about Woodstock so that it brings tourists to Kilkenny and when they come here our amazing attractions will keep them in the county spending and taking great memories home.

Kilkenny has an adundence of history and heritage and this is typified in the beautiful Woodstock Gardens in the picturesque village of Inistioge. We are so lucky to have this gem in our area and it is a great testament to those in Kilkenny County Council and to the local community who worked tirelessly to restore the gardens to the glorious state they are in today,” she said.