Chatsworth to close garden immediately amid coronavirus pandemic

The garden at Chatsworth will be closed with immediate effect amid the coronavirus crisis.

By Louise Cooper
Sunday, 22nd March 2020, 10:31 am
Updated Sunday, 22nd March 2020, 10:31 am

The move, which follows the most recent government guidance, also means that while the toilets will remain open today (March 22), all public toilets at Chatsworth will be closed from tomorrow.

Chatsworth House, Farmyard and Adventure Playground were not open, and will remain closed.

Chatsworth Chief Executive Stephen Vickers said: “This decision has not been taken lightly. The situation is enormously complex and fast moving, and we believe that taking decisive action to help implement effective social distancing is in the best interests of all of our visitors and staff, and is part of the collective national effort to help contain the coronavirus.

The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire at Chatsworth House.

“On behalf of the Duke and Duchess, and everyone as at Chatsworth, I would like to thank our visitors for their continued support, and we look forward to welcoming everyone back soon.”

As a vital food service outlet, the Chatsworth Estate Farm Shop remains open, and everyone is working hard to ensure staff and customers are protected with social distancing measures, and maintain stocks and replenish shelves, so it can best serve the community.

More products are being added to the online shop, and local delivery and click and collect services are being set up to support those who are self-isolating. The café at the farm shop remains closed.

Outdoor space and fresh air are imperative to everyone’s wellbeing, and the Chatsworth Park and Woodland will remain open. However, Chatsworth is asking people to observe all Government guidelines regarding social distancing and unnecessary travel.