Painshill Park is getting all dressed up for key workers tonight.
Glowing blue in support of key workers is hardly original these days, but it doesn’t make it any less wonderful. Joining London landmarks such as Battersea Power Station, The Shard, London Eye, and many others, is Surrey’s Painshill Park, home to stunning Grade I listed gardens and a famously out-of-this-world crystal grotto.
Tonight, to coincide with the nation’s weekly Clap For Carers, Painshill Park will be lighting some of its 18th century follies a very grateful shade of blue, in support of NHS and key workers who are working on the front lines of the coronavirus.
Painshill Park is one of many Historic Houses across Britain that will be showing their support this evening. From Leeds Castle to Knebworth House, these iconic buildings will be raising NHS flags, planting avenues of blue lavender, or joining Painshill Park in illuminating in blue.
Ben Cowell, Director General of Historic Houses said: “Our country’s key workers – whether those working in a hospital or care home or delivering other essential public services – deserve our complete respect. They are putting their lives at risk to protect others. Custodians of some of our most important heritage properties have found one way to express their gratitude: lighting their buildings blue to demonstrate just how much we are thinking of those working on the nation’s behalf. It is a small gesture of our collective thanks, and a beacon of hope in these difficult times.”
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