Beyond the Trees Avondale, eak AG's first treetop walk in Ireland, was officially opened on 6th July 2022 by President Michael D. Higgins. Developed in partnership between Coillte, Fáilte Ireland and EAK Ireland at Avondale Forest Park in Wicklow, the new spectacular visitor experience combines a stunning 700 metre Treetop Walk with a 12 storey high Viewing Tower.
The Avondale project is part of Coillte's strategy to create more world class visitor destinations and increase recreation spaces nationally. 60 new full and part-time positions were created for the mostly regional employees at the site. Like all of eak AG´s Treetop Walks, “Beyond the Trees Avondale” is 100% accessible. Imelda Hurley, CEO of Coillte: “Every consideration has been given to sustainability and accessibility in the development of this spectacular visitor destination, and we are very proud to join with Failte Ireland and EAK Ireland to welcome Irish and international visitors to go Beyond the Trees here at Avondale."
Bernd Bayerköhler, CEO of eak AG, was convinced of the location right from the start: "When we were invited by Coillte and Failte Ireland to visit Avondale Forest Park, for me it was immediately clear that this unique Arboretum at this historical location was the place we had been looking for to develop a world class tourist destination in Ireland.”
Beyond the Trees Avondale expects to attract 200,000 to 250,000 visitors within a full year of opening.
More information in the detailed press release: