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Elvaston Castle Country Park
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The stable yard at Elvaston Castle
Elvaston Castle Country Park opened to the public in 1970. It was the first of it’s kind in Britain and spans more than 200 acres of varied landscape.
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Elvaston Castle Country Park
- today and the future
Work has begun on a conservation plan to assess the viability of restoring the gardens at Elvaston Castle Country Park to their original glory.

Gardens at the castle
Some of the castle gardens
The grade two star listed gardens are recognised as being of national importance, and Derbyshire County Council would like to restore them to their original state.

It is expected that such a project would cost over £10 million, however, before the council can finalise plans for a restoration project it first needs to produce a conservation plan looking at such factors as how the restoration of the gardens would fit in with plans to develop the whole of the estate at Elvaston.

The conservation plan will be paid for, in part, by Derbyshire County Council, and in part by a Heritage Lottery Fund grant.

If the plan supports the proposals for restoration then the council will looking to make a major bid of around £8 million to the Heritage Lottery Fund, to help towards the estimated £10 million costs of the restoration work.

The lakeat the country park
The magnificent lake
Even if everything goes ahead according to plan it will be at least 2005 before work can begin on the gardens, and 2010 before the restorations will be complete.

Historical material, including photographs taken of the garden in the 19th Century and a book written by William Barron who designed the gardens at Elvaston, would be used to help make the restored gardens as close to the originals as possible.

Finally, it is planned that a conservation study will also be undertaken for the castle and its associated buildings, and the council hope to put some ideas concerning developments for the whole estate before the public next year.

Getting there
Located off Borrowash Road (B5010), Elvaston.

The park is well signposted off both the A6 and the A52 (M1 J25).

From the M1 north bound take the A50 exit, the A6 Alvaston turn off, then follow the brown tourist signs.

Opening times of the park office are 9am to 5pm Monday to Sunday. The grounds are open from 9am to dusk all year round.

The car park is open: summer 9am to 8pm; winter 9am to 5pm.

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