The remains of an ornate 17th century garden at Chatsworth House has been revealed for the first time in 300 years, after the recent heatwave caused lawn areas to burn.
The European-style formal garden, known as the Great Parterre, was designed in 1699 for the 1st Duke of Devonshire and forms part of the 105-acre garden at the estate in Derbyshire. It was originally covered over with grass in 1730, but the lack of rain and soaring temperatures has revealed the older garden underneath.
Captured via drone footage, the images show clearly define patterns, flower beds and winding paths under the south lawn’s scorched path. These are usually hidden from view, so it’s the first time we can get a glimpse into what the traditional outdoor space looked like.
“We can clearly see the intricate patterns of the historic garden at the moment. The current heatwave is causing us issues elsewhere in the garden, but here it has revealed a hidden gem not enjoyed properly for nearly 300 years,” says Steve Porter, Head of Gardens and Landscape.
“We knew it was there but of course it’s normally a green lawn so everything is hidden. It is only revealed during periods of extreme heat, so climate change may make that more frequent in the years ahead. It will disappear again when temperatures drop and we get some rain but in the meantime it’s wonderful to get a glimpse back into the past.”
Home to the Devonshire family for 16 generations, the beautiful garden is currently undergoing its biggest transformation in nearly 200 years. Major changes include the creation of a new 15-acre area called Arcadia, and additions to the Rock Garden.
Take a look at the video footage, which was shared to the Chatsworth House Instagram page:
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