Tomorrow, summer officially starts at Chatsworth, and to celebrate, we are re-opening the Coal Tunnel in the garden to visitors. In the past, the tunnel was used to transport tons of coal by horse drawn cart to fuel underground boilers and heat hot water pipes. The pipes were used to heat Paxton's Great Conservatory, keeping the tropical plants alive. The maze is now where the conservatory used to stand.

As well as sightseeing in the garden - you can print out a tour of some of the most exciting places before your visit - we have beautiful lupins blooming by the maze, roses across the garden are beginning to flower, and so are the cut flowers in the Kitchen Garden. If you take a walk down the broadwalk you'll be able to smell the first of the lavender, and in the Display Greenhouse (which you are welcome to explore), try to spot the Dwarf Cavendish Banana.

Steve Porter
Head of Gardens and Landscape

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