News Returned 71 results
Blenheim Palace is championing the use of alternative energy within historic properties to help protect their future.
The Oxfordshire UNESCO World Heritage Site has instigated a series of environmental initiatives in a bid both to reduce its reliance on traditional energies and its overall carbon footprint.
Among the most significant improvements are a 42% reduction in overall mains water consumption from 2013, the lowest electricity usage figures in five years and an 81% reduction in its use of heating oil.Read More
Blenheim Palace has cut its biggest Christmas Trees ready to decorate for the 2016 festive season. The 10 Norway Spruces, the biggest standing at an incredible 25ft tall, have taken up to 25 years to grow.
In order to fell such a large tree the Forestry Team must clear the area before making a cut, it then takes Forestry Foreman Nick Baimbridge just one minute to complete the fell! The trees are bound with rope to bring in the branches leaving the tree as natural as it can be.Read More
Julian Newman, Blenheim Palace’s official timekeeper, is gearing up for the challenge of changing 30 historic clocks ready for daylight saving time to end at 2am on Sunday, October 30th.
Among the priceless antique timepieces he’ll need to change is the 18th century East Courtyard Clock Tower, which is twice as old as Big Ben.
Julian has been keeping time at Blenheim Palace for over 12 years; and has the delicate job of changing all the clocks twice a year, alongside his other duties of maintaining and repairing the rare timepieces.Read More
The Duke of Marlborough has paid tribute to his forestry foreman Nick Baimbridge after he received a Long Service Award from the Royal Forestry Society, praising him as the ‘quintessential carer’ of the Estate's woodlands and landscape.
Nick, who has been working on the Blenheim Palace Estate since 1986, received the award from BBC presenter John Craven in front of a packed audience during the recent Countryfile Live show at the Oxfordshire stately home.Read More