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Restoration of the Glasshouse at Clumber Park

The Glasshouse at Clumber Park
The Glasshouse at Clumber Park | © Johanna Mather

Spanning four acres, the walled kitchen garden at Clumber Park is one of the grandest surviving 18th century walled gardens in England. Work is now underway to restore & redecorate the gardens most iconic feature, the Grade II listed Conservatory and Palm House.

The central area, as well as the east wing (to the right), will be closed until the end of the year. The west wing will remain open to visitors, and has an accessible entrance. This will also give visitors access to the Tools & Vineries museum and the apple store & drying room.

The scope of work

The work being carried out by Newark-on-Trent based Jericho Joinery Ltd, includes:

  • External and internal decoration of the Glasshouse, Palm House and Conservatory including timber, masonry and repointing works
  • Removal of glass panes to the roof and some of the walls, to restore and replace timber requiring repair, and re-bedding the glazing
  • Structural repairs to the primary structural timber elements
  • Removal, repair, cleaning and redecoration of the rainwater goods to both the front and back of the Palm House and Conservatory
  • Internal finishes to the Palm House and Conservatory, including repointing internally, render repairs to the internal walls, lime-washing the Palm House walls and re-wiring the Palm House climbing wires.

The history of the Glasshouse

Spanning 137 metres (450 feet), and split into 12 sections, the Glasshouse is the longest in the care of the National Trust. It was installed by the 7th Duke of Newcastle and completed in 1910. Over 100 years old, the design and construction of the Glasshouse is attributed to horticultural builders, James Gray, who were active between the mid-nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

The project in pictures

Follow the progress of the restoration project through images taken by the team.

The Glasshouse at Clumber Park
The Glasshouse at Clumber Park | © Steve Bradley

The Glasshouse at Clumber Park

Our Volunteer Photographer, Steve Bradley captured the Glasshouse perfectly ahead of work beginning in August 2023.

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Funding of the project

This project has been kindly funded by gifts in wills from supporters.

Without gifts in wills, the National Trust wouldn’t be able to protect and look after all the places in its care. Any legacy – no matter how large or small – makes a lasting difference.

Our beautiful places are at risk, and recent times have shown how much we need these places to escape to. Gifts in wills support rangers, conservation experts and volunteers to carry out essential maintenence projects, look after wildlife, and so much more. Together, we can look after nature and history for generations to come.

If you would like to leave a gift to the place that matters most to you, find out more by clicking here, calling 01793 817699 or emailing

To support us as your special place, please quote Clumber Park.

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