There are multiple opportunities for lifelong learning at Fota. By becoming a volunteer you can join with like-minded peers in working to bring Fota House and Gardens to life. Along with various types of volunteering activities there are also monthly Continuous Professional Development sessions which offer our volunteers a forum for sharing ideas and learning new things.

The Plant Hunters Tree Trail

For garden enthusiasts we have created the ‘Plant Hunters’ Tree Trail’ which guides visitors around some highlights of Fota’s arboretum and to tell them the tales of the intrepid plant hunters who discovered these wonderful specimen trees. During the 18th & 19th centuries, excitement gripped Europe as new plant species were introduced from the Americas, Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the Pacific. Many trees and shrubs that were introduced at this time were showcased as a collection of exotic rarities in tree gardens called arboretums.

Fota has a magnificent collection of rare and beautiful trees waiting to be discovered. To aid visitors in this discovery, we have created a handy map and information trail detailing eight of the most important tree specimens at Fota. Tree Trail: €2.

The Culture of the Big House

In recent years UCC have used Fota as the teaching space for their ‘The Culture of the Big House’ short course run by the Centre for Adult Continuing Education. Fota offers an ideal context for learning about country house life (upstairs and downstairs), along with art, literature and architecture