Due to the incredibly dry summer the Victorian land drains are visible in the Park. Steve Porter, the Head Gardener decided it was a good opportunity to have them photographed, so on Tuesday I went up in a light aircraft to photograph them. The Cessna, piloted by a girl called Christine, took off from Gamston Airport near Retford, and in 15 minutes we were over Chatsworth. We made several passes a few hundred feet up with me hanging out of the window – how exhilarating – if not a little numbing! I took as many photographs as possible including the outline of the parterre on the south lawn which can be clearly seen at the moment.

On our return to the airport we went over Swiss Cottage and the very dry lakes in Stand Wood.

How different everything looks from the air, and how lucky am I?

Diane Naylor

Photo Librarian

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