The Chatsworth estate is tended to by a landscape team comprising full-time staff and part-time volunteers.
Their primary duty is to preserve the 1000-acre parkland and 400-acre medieval Stand Wood for future generations to enjoy.
They carry out a wide range of tasks throughout the year, including maintaining footpaths and roads, managing water for the lakes and drainage systems that feed the garden's water features, controlling invasive and non-native species, planting new trees, and maintaining local villages.
Additionally, they are actively involved in projects to create more space for nature on the estate.
Recently, they have improved access around Stand Wood with a variety of marked footpaths and have restored three historical footpaths that had become overgrown over the years.
As a registered charity, the Chatsworth House Trust, all income from ticket sales is reinvested in the upkeep, preservation and improvement of Chatsworth, including its parkland, woodlands, garden, house and collections.
The parkland and Stand Wood are available for all to enjoy, all year round and for free. If you are able, please consider supporting our charity by visiting us, joining our popular Chatsworth Friends and Patrons schemes or making a regular or one-off online donation.
Chatsworth House Trust
Chatsworth is a registered charity dedicated to preserving the house, its collections, garden, woodlands and parkland for everyone to experience and enjoy, now and forever.
Park & estate
The 1,000-acre park on the banks of the River Derwent was chiefly designed by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown in the 1760s.
Landscape guardians in winter
Over winter, the landscape team tackles invasive species of flora and fauna, ensures Paxton’s historic waterworks run smoothly, and keeps Chatsworth’s roads and pathways open, whatever the weather.
Landscape guardians in spring
Dealing with snow damage, uncovering a medieval footpath in Stand Wood, and creating new spaces for nature to flourish are just a handful of tasks for the landscape team in spring.