Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Elvaston Castle, Elvaston, Derbyshire

Elvaston Castle, Derbyshire

"Set four miles south-east of the city of Derby is Elvaston Castle Country Park, a picturesque site featuring over 200 acres of woodlands, parkland and formal gardens.
At the heart of the estate lies Elvaston Castle - a Gothic Revival masterpiece designed by James Wyatt in the early 1800s, based on the original house dating back to 1633. Wyatt's design, built for the 3rd Earl of Harrington, became home to the Stanhope family until the estate was sold by the then Earl of Harrington to Derbyshire County Council in 1968. The Council have operated it as Elvaston Castle Country Park since then".

Spent a few hours at Elvaston Castle, on a Sunday afternoon last October 2010.  One of those nice Autumn days where you can still feel the warmth of the sun on your back.  

A thrilling time as in a few square feet (Chris and George who were helping me hunt) found two or three types of coral fungi growing amongst mossy grass.  Clavulinopsis laeticolor, (yellow and club-like) and Clavulinopsis fusiformis (also yellow with acute tips).   I also found another coral-type fungus nearby which was light brown to buff and at this moment am uncertain of its identity.

These can now be viewed on Browse 3.

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