Spring cleaning at National Trust properties in Derbyshire

Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire (�National Trust N Bryan-Peach.jpg)

Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire (�National Trust N Bryan-Peach.jpg)

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Spring is in the air and many people might turn their thoughts to the annual, super spring clean. The houses, halls, mansions and castles cared for by the National Trust are no different, but there everyday tasks take on a whole new dimension: clock-winding can take hours, lawn-mowing days, and hedge-trimming or window-cleaning weeks, if not months.

In Derbyshire, it takes several weeks and the use of a cherry picker to clean the windows at Sudbury Hall. Mowing the lawns at Kedleston Hall is a full-time job for one of the gardeners, while vacuuming at Calke Abbey takes at least two hours every day (longer in bad weather). At Eyam, simply changing a light bulb can take an hour because of the number of different bulbs and fuse boxes.

“With many of our places now open all year round, the traditional “spring clean” that happened before the start of the season, takes place throughout the year,” said Catherine MacCarthy, Head of Conservation at the National Trust in the Midlands. “Much of the work to care for the incredible places we look after takes place while they’re open to visitors and we’ve found people are fascinated by what traditionally went on ‘behind-the-scenes’.”


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