Visit the long range glasshouse this summer
At 450ft (130m) the Long Range glasshouse in Clumber Park’s Walled Kitchen Garden is the longest glasshouse cared for by the National Trust.
Clumber Park's iconic glasshouse runs the entire width of the garden and is an elegant building with fine detailing such as beautiful cast iron heating grilles and decorative finials and woodwork. It was built in part by James Gray, horticultural builders of Chelsea, whose other commissions included Sandringham and Cliveden.
The Long Range is divided into 13 sections. It mainly grew crop plants such as grapes, peaches nectarines and figs for the 7th Duke of Newcastle, his family and house guests. These have been replanted and, along with summer crops like peppers, aubergines, melons and heritage varieties of tomato, provide a glimpse of how the glasshouse looked in its heyday. A central Conservatory and Palm House display pelargoniums and fuchsias for summer colour.
The back sheds to the north of the Long Range had working lean-to buildings such as a fruit store, potting shed and mushroom house. Some of these now house the museum of gardening tools which have unusual exhibits such as a grape preserving bottle and a cucumber straightening jar.