As part of our winter work we are removing, pruning and planting many trees and shrubs to open, improve and sometimes obscure views but occasionally trees are in the wrong place and just need to be moved. In this case a young sweet chestnut is on the move to ensure a great view onto the house is not blocked in the future, all being well the tree will re-establish and flourish in its new position. Tree moving at Chatsworth has great historic precedence with the 6th Duke and his Head Gardener, Joseph Paxton moving a forty year old weeping ash in 1830 from Derby to create a centrepiece to the drive outside the North entrance to the house. The tree is still there to this day!

Steve Porter

Assistant Head of Gardens and Domain

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