Just picked up a leaflet for this open farm yesterday and then had a look on their website. It looks like a lot of fun and something to keep the little ones amused.
The McAleese family bought the farm in 1995 and the game farm was established breeding pheasants, partridges and ducks. This is seasonal from mid May to mid August.
The Blue Lagoon was created in 1999 and stocked with brown trout, rainbow trout and grass carp fish. It creates an abundance of insect life – dragon flies can be seen mid to late summer.
Various planting took place within the farm and for the millennium we thought a fantastic idea to grow our own trees from seeds. We acquired the seeds from trees in the local area, namely horse chestnut, oak, maple and mountain ash. These were planted as seeds and now can be seen in various locations about the farm.
The Enchanted Wood was planted in the year 2000 with various hardwood including oak, silver birch, ash, maple, beech, mountain ash, wild cherry and birch trees.
The Orchard was planted in 2004 with native Irish apples and plums. They harvest in September/October.
They decided to do our bit to help to create renewable energy and reduce pollution of the earth’s atmosphere by installing a wind turbine in 2015. It is a 150 KW machine which can power up to 20-30 family homes. The machine is 30 metres high to the hub and 42.5 metres to the highest point on the blades. The electricity generated by the machine goes back into the national grid. Feel free to walk around it during a visit.
Upwards of 4000 roses have been planted around the walkways on the farm. These consist of many different varieties and colours.
Things to do
Rubys Tea Room” where a warm welcome awaits you from the friendly staff. Opening from 11am and closing at 5pm the tea room is located in the main animal yard opposite the indoor petting area.
Hop on Rosepark farms 6 car quad train that takes you over 3 large quad bumps, great fun for both adults and children.
Petting hut-snakes, rabbits, guinea pigs, bearded dragon, kittens.
Rosewalk-over 4000 roses planted on various walkways around the farm.