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Chatsworth to undergo biggest revamp to it's gardens in more than 200 years

Work is underway at Chatsworth in a new project designed to transform the gardens there, in the biggest overhaul of its internationally renowned 105 acre site in over 200 years.

Significant work has already begun in the Rockery, which will see the movement and addition of hundreds of tonnes of rock, and more than 25 acres of the garden will see major changes from the project.

The whole programme includes the clearance of newly accessible areas, large scale structure installations, new sculpture, the movement and addition of hundreds of tonnes of rock, more than one hundred thousand new plants and hundreds of new trees, as well as new pathways taking visitors into underexplored areas of the garden.

Once complete, more than 25 acres of the world-renowned garden will have been transformed.

Steve Porter is the head of gardens and landscape there. He said: "Over the next two to three years, we're going to be working to plant lots of new plants and improve two or three main areas of the garden which is really exciting.

"The heavy work will take a couple of years and most of the planting will be completed within a couple of years, hopefully. Obviously it doesn't happen overnight, things need to mature and settle in so it will get better as the seasons go on."

Thousands of people are currently in attendance there for the annual Chatsworth flower show.

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