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Traffic chaos - Chatsworth!!

Posted: 07/06/2017 at 21:33

I realise I'm in a MASSIVE grump so sorry if my post has put anyone off going. I'm sure given so much negative / constructive feedback they will be working hard over night to improve things.

I'm also sure that after a good nights sleep I will feel less annoyed.  So on that note I'm off to bed! Tomorrow's a new day and I've booked it off work - roses to tidy up!

Night night X X 

Traffic chaos - Chatsworth!!

Posted: 07/06/2017 at 21:06

No one is blaming anyone for the weather. That would be silly. But the organisers are responsible for the small matter of health and safety, adequate facilities, access for all including those in wheelchairs (who don't just 'decide' to use one!).

I'm glad you, and I am sure others, had a fab day. Sadly it did not reach my expectations on a number of levels - and I'm not about to reduce those I'm afraid. 

Hope they do some serious work overnight to improve it so that anyone going after today enjoys it as much as Anne17. 

Good luck!

Traffic chaos - Chatsworth!!

Posted: 07/06/2017 at 20:32

Really safe!

Traffic chaos - Chatsworth!!

Posted: 07/06/2017 at 20:23

We can't have been at the same show. The staff we spoke to were all, and I mean ALL, pulling their hair out and complaining that is was disorganised chaos, as were the majority of people we met. One woman staff member was actually crying!!

I feel very sorry for the stall holders, again a lot complaining of it being really badly organised. Yes, some lovely stalls but we saw no gardens - perhaps that is because there were no signs and we didn't much feel like forking out £5 for a map after paying for a ticket and sitting in traffic for three hours!

I know the weather yesterday must have been challenging, but conditions were downright dangerous. We saw two mobility scooters stuck in the mud. We also saw one poor lady fall flat on the wet steep temporary bridge. We saw two people carted off on stretchers.  One of the maintenance men was saying the temporary walk ways all needed lifting tonight because they weren't put down properly. 

And what about seating?? People were sitting on the wet ground! 

A pleasant walk to find your car it may be if you can tackle hills, mud and miles - not suitable for the two people over 75 that I was with. 

They have decided to keep it open for an extra hour tonight to "make up" for the problems. What a joke. Better off banging the organisers heads together to improve it before tomorrow.  

Traffic chaos - Chatsworth!!

Posted: 07/06/2017 at 17:34

What a disaster! If you are coming tomorrow set off now, bring your lottery winnings if you want to buy anything, get into training to trek from the car park to the show, best of luck finding any actual plant stalls, and if you want lunch, good luck!

I feel like a complete mug for being so excited. Never again.

Traffic chaos - Chatsworth!!

Posted: 07/06/2017 at 11:05

Yep, it's a nightmare! We set off really early and are stuck in Chesterfield where it's gridlock. 

Sooooo annoying!!!!

Harvested anything yet?

Posted: 04/06/2017 at 16:51


have you harvested anything yet? I've got some fat juicy broad beans but it feels too early to pick them! Has anyone else harvested theirs yet? Also should I nip the top shoot out as they are still going north?

thanks muchly

RHS Chatsworth

Posted: 04/06/2017 at 10:01

I'm going on Wednesday. Can't wait!!

I went to Chelsea for the first time this year so will be interested to see how it compares. 

Really happy to have a show that covers the void in terms of locations. 

Chelsea 2017

Posted: 28/05/2017 at 08:06

That's the badger Yviestevie! Good memory for names Chicky!!

Isn't it a beauty!

Think I'll be treating myself to one. 

Very grateful for the photo - thanks!

Chelsea 2017

Posted: 27/05/2017 at 06:53

I can't see anything innovative or trend setting about concrete blocks and weeds. I'll eat my words though if I see folk scrambling to buy multipacks of half dead chickweed at the local garden centre.

I did see a lot of new ideas and plants though. There was a beautiful clematis and I took a photo of it but it's come out with my finger over the lense!  Did anyone that went see the green and purple clematis in the tent, I think called Taigra, or something similar? It was a stunner. 

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