Clumber Park’s iconic glasshouse “fit for a duke” after restoration work

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Clumber Park’s Long Range glasshouse is once again fit for a duke, thanks to the completion of a major restoration of the iconic building.

The last phase of this project has seen the 100-year-old Palm House, which runs the full width of the park’s Walled Kitchen Garden, undergo extensive repair, cleaning and replacement work.

It comes as a result of the fundraising efforts achieved by the National Trust and Clumber Park, which secured a grant of £49,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund coupled with donations from National Trust visitors.

Chris Margrave, head gardener, said: “We’re extremely grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund and all those that have made donations.

“Having the glasshouse restored to its former glory will be a real bonus for the garden here at Clumber.”

The Grade II-listed structure is the longest glasshouse in the care of the National Trust.

Its design and construction are attributed to horticultural builders James Gray, who were active between the mid-nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Chris said: “Our work here at Clumber Park continues to contribute to the protection of the special places that the National Trust cares for, ensuring their survival for ever, for everyone.”