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One of the UK’s largest and grandest stately homes has announced plans to eliminate plastic on its grounds.
Blenheim Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, stated late last week that it will stop selling plastic water bottles and replace plastic straws with paper ones.
The Palace’s new sustainability advisor, Jacqueline Gibson, commented: “In the past year we have provided environmental training to 82 per cent of staff, commissioned external consultants to host a Waste Workshop for senior teams, and standardised the way waste is segregated and stored for recycling across all offices and work areas.”
“We are working in partnership with Friends of the Earth Oxford and Sustainable Woodstock, to share best practice with other local shops and organisations to reduce single use plastic,” she added.
Additional measures the Oxfordshire estate is taking include using biodegradable bin liners and making disposable cutlery compostable.
The estate, first built in 1705, is the traditional homes of the Dukes of Marlborough, and has worked hard to implement sustainability initiatives.
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Three places in England that were dear to Sir Winston Churchill, wartime prime minister and regarded as one of the greatest men in British history.
Sir Winston Churchill is widely considered to be the greatest Briton in history, and the recent cinematic release of the former Prime Minister in Churchill shows he remains a figure of fascination.
For those seeking a more detailed understanding of Churchill’s life than that provided by the silver screen, there are three places that were central to Churchill’s life that are all easy day trips from London.
Churchill was born, two months prematurely, at Blenheim Palace into the aristocratic family of the Dukes of Marlborough. The stately home sits on more than 2,000 acres of parkland and is a 20-minute drive north of Oxford or a one-hour 45-minute journey from London.
The fountain, which acts as the centrepiece of the palatial home’s Italian Garden, in Oxfordshire, has been given an extensive renovation to remove years of limescale and algae.
- Mermaid Fountain IS centrepiece of the Italian Garden in the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Oxfordshire
- Made by artist Thomas Waldo Story and installed at Winston Churchill’s home by the 9th Duke of Marlborough
- Gilded bronze sculpture of a mermaid has become gradually become covered in layers of limescale and algae
- But a conservation team has restored the fountain by rebuffing and polishing the bronze statue with wax
An ornate fountain at Blenheim Palace has been returned to its former glory after an extensive restoration project saw it covered with 9,000 layers of 23-carat gold leaf.
The Mermaid Fountain acts as the centrepiece of the Italian Garden within the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Oxfordshire.
Salon Prive is a concours launched in 2006 by British brothers Andrew and David Bagley. The pair had toured all the best concours in the world, including Amelia Island, Pebble Beach (wonder if they saw LeMons?) and Villa d’Este. Their first event was at Hurlingham Club in London, where Salon Prive stayed for five years. Then they moved to Syon Park outside London and thence, in 2015, to the absolutely fabulous Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire. Blenheim is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a sprawling estate built in 1704 as a gift from Queen Anne to Sir John Churchill, First Duke of Marlborough, in thanks for his victory at the Battle of Blenheim. Among other occurrences, since then it was the birthplace of Sir John’s descendant, Winston Churchill.
With its wide-open expanses and picturesque buildings, it was only a matter of time before someone held a concours there.