Hardwick in full bloom

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Visitors to the National Trust’s Hardwick Hall will spot some changes to its historic garden this spring as the first phase of a five-year project begins to bloom.

More than 3,000 purple crocuses are now forming a swathe of colour across the 16th century garden.

The bulbs were planted in the gardens in October by local volunteers, as part of the Bolsover Rotary Club’s End Polio Now campaign.

Visitors can also enjoy some of the new activities and exhibitions on offer at Hardwick Hall, which is one of the country’s foremost Elizabethan houses. A new exhibition of Bess of Hardwick’s letters will open next month.

l For more details contact Hardwick Hall on 01246 850430.