Friday, 24 June 2011
Our Stables courtyard has been transformed with a splash of colour with the arrival of our vibrant new chairs, just in time for the summer. The Duchess and I chose the new chairs after viewing a multitude of fashionable and quirky designs. We were specifically looking for comfortable, durable chairs with contemporary twist, and we believe we have achieved just that. We have already had many compliments from followers on our Facebook page as well as visitors to Chatsworth, and we are really pleased with the results. Come along to the Stables courtyard soon to see what everyone’s talking about.
Catering Operations Manager
Monday, 20 June 2011
For the first time, we have taken many of our glasshouse plants outside and created what will hopefully be an amazing tropical style border outside the Orangery shop.
During the last few summers the borders have been planted with a selection of annuals, but we wanted to try something much more exciting and colourful to create a splash as you leave the house. Included are plants from New Zealand, Spain, Mexico and the Canary Islands, including palms, ornamental bananas, cordylines, Eucalyptus, ginger lilies and even the ‘Cavendish Dwarf Banana’ named after the Cavendish family here at Chatsworth, which can also be seen growing in the Display Glasshouse.
Most of the plants are not hardy outside all year so will be lifted, cut back, potted and stored in our glasshouses over the winter, ready to be planted out after next spring’s Tulip display. Unfortunately we have had a couple of cold nights since planting out the borders so many plants are showing signs of this on their foliage, but some sunshine, rain and regular feeding should mean they all quickly recover and fill the border.
Head of Gardens and Domain
Wednesday, 15 June 2011
I'm really excited to have helped install a huge new 3D television in the Green Satin Room. The TV shows a 3D documentary by Sky Arts 3D for a series called Treasure Houses of Britain, in which Chatsworth had a whole episode that repeats continually on our TV throughout the day. The Green Satin Room is dedicated to being much more interactive than many of the other rooms in the house - visitors are free to open the drawers and touch fabric samples, and now can pick up a pair of 3D glasses and watch for as long as they like before moving on to continue their real tour of the house. The 3D footage is really remarkable; there were many gasps of awe when staff viewed it, even from those who have been here for decades because of the amazing panoramic shots and aerial views.
Wednesday, 1 June 2011
The excitement is palpable here in the Chatsworth holiday cottage office as work has started on our newest holiday let. Park Cottage is a quaint Grade II listed 17th Century thatch roof cottage in Baslow, which once conserved and restored, will accommodate up to 3 people. Currently being decorated and furnished by the Duchess of Devonshire, we are expecting Park Cottage to be available to let from the end of August, and we’re sure with its close proximity to the park it will be an extremely popular let! If you would like any further information on Park Cottage, please call us on 01246 565379.
Tuesday, 24 May 2011
It has been a year since the farm shop introduced their 5p charge for plastic bags and the results from the initiative have been nothing short of impressive. Over the last 12 months a staggering 446,726 fewer plastic bags have been used in comparison to the previous year, which is a reduction of 86% and enough bags to cover the pitch at Wembley Stadium almost 14 times over. Furthermore it’s saved over 3 tonnes of plastic being shipped almost 5000 miles around the world to Chatsworth, further reducing our carbon footprint. With biodegradable reusable bags now on sale at the farm shop for customers, Andr矇 and his team have done a brilliant job at continuing to reduce their environmental impact.
Environment, Health and Safety Officer