Burghley's magnificent trees have joined the cast list of the Stamford Georgian Festival (21-24 September), with three special tours hosted by head forester Peter Glassey.
07 September 2017
The tours, on Friday 22 September, offer a unique chance to hear more about Burghley's centuries-old sweet chestnuts and oak trees in areas of the park not open to the public - all part of the South Kesteven District Council-organised festival.
With Burghley House closed that day, the park will be at its peaceful best to show off impressive avenues of lime trees - including the magnificent double-banked Queen Anne's Avenue.
The avenue was planted by George London and Moses Cook when they laid the park out in the 1690s and retained by world renowned landscape designer Capability Brown.
It took Brown 25 years to deliver sweeping changes at Burghley, including the creation of a serpentine lake, groves of oak trees and huge, strategically placed Cedar of Lebanon trees.
Peter, who oversees forestry, park and gardens at Burghley, has his particular favourites, such as the ancient and quaintly shaped sweet chestnut known as the Dragon Tree.
Some trees pre-date Burghley House, built in the 16th Century by William Cecil, the first Lord Burghley and Elizabeth I's Lord High Treasurer.
Many are listed as champions by the Tree Register of the British Isles.
The 90 minute tours set off at 10am, 12.00 and 2.45pm, starting from outside the Burghley House Box Office. Numbers are limited and tickets cost £10 per person.
Book tickets online >> or contact Stamford Arts Centre 01780 763203
Stamford Georgian Festvial
Stamford Arts Centre, 27 St Mary's Street, Stamford, Lincs PE9 2DL
The Stamford Georgian Festival is core funded and organised by South Kesteven District Council