Thursday, 28 April 2011

Union Jacks are flying at Chatsworth

To celebrate the eagerly anticipated Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Union Jack is now flying in pride of place above Chatsworth house and the Hunting Tower in Stand Wood. Come along on Friday 29 April to enjoy a party atmosphere including a brass band in the garden, a champagne bar, special crafts in the farmyard and free Union Jack flags for children.



Visitor Welcome Assistant

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Preparing for Florabundance 6-10 May

As 6 May speedily approaches, it is not just the flowers for the Royal wedding which are being prepared, planned and arranged; Chatsworth too will shortly be bursting into a colourful mixture of ‘Tulips & Tropical’. I am now busy finalising all the thousands of different flowers which will compose this year’s Florabundance displays in the house. Exotics like Strelitzia, Heliconia and Anthuriums are being ordered from far flung countries. Twenty boxes of floral foam are ready to be pre soaked and black flower buckets by the hundred are on standby, ready to be filled with magnificent blooms, both commercial and home grown, from the Estate at Chatsworth. Military precision and a year’s planning combine to enable the rooms to be filled with enormous flower arrangements, reflective of their surroundings.


The unusual hot weather has really speeded all the flowers along, and we will be challenged by having to re-select some of the spring flowers, because they have already flowered and gone over. Other options will be selected and floral displays will be designed to accommodate alternative blooms. One thing for sure is that Chatsworth will be full of floral exuberance with tulips and tropical flowers.


Also, why not join me in the theatre to learn more about the stunning displays and watch as I create a series of floral arrangements in one of the floral demonstrations which will be held on the 7, 8, 9 May at 11am and 2.30pm. Practical advice, top tips and stunning flowers will inform and captivate you throughout these 80 minute demonstrations.


Jonathan Moseley



Monday, 11 April 2011

Dressed for the occasion

These ladies visited Chatsworth on Saturday 9 April as part of a hen weekend in Derbyshire. Splendidly dressed, they caused quite a stir as they toured the house, playing the piano in the Ante Library, sitting in the sunshine taking refreshments in the garden and rounding off their day with a bag of sweet delights from the Food & Drink Fair. It seems a lovely day was had by all!  


Sally Hogg

Head of Marketing

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

New heights!

What an exciting start to our scaffolding tours! Open for the second day today, visitors have embraced the idea of getting up close and personal with the stonework.


It really is a once in a life time opportunity to get this close to the craftsmanship involved in the Masterplan. On my first trip up on the roof I was amazed at the amount of detail in the stone work considering from the ground you can’t even see it. There are stags’ heads with eyes etched out perfectly and serpents with full sets of teeth.


The guides are really enjoying showing visitors around and love pointing out the beautiful views from the Emperor Fountain to the Cascade; it really is stunning.


We are looking forward to welcoming all our visitors up to take a look!


Heather Redmond

Head Guide


Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Chatsworth Litter Pick

We held our annual estate litter pick on April 1: this year we were joined by George Wolfe, the chair of the local branch of the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE). It was good to have George with us, as the CPRE and especially their President Bill Bryson, are the main anti litter voice to be heard in this country.

But is that voice loud enough?  Litter is unnecessary, wasteful and very dangerous to farm animals, and it also makes our countryside look as though we don't care for it. Local school children from Pilsley C of E School also took part in the litter pick, which taught them about the problems dropping litter cause. But I believe we still need to do more: I have suggested that George Wolfe asks his branch to propose a National Litter Pick Day and I can think of no better date for this than April 1, every year.  I do hope that the CPRE pick up this idea and support it energetically. 


The Duke of Devonshire


(Photograph kindly provided by the Derbyshire Times)