Mount Stewart is one of UK’s most special places

The McGrattan family from Kircubbin love days out at Mount Stewart © National Trust / Parkway Photography

The McGrattan family from Kircubbin love days out at Mount Stewart

Latest update 08.08.2013 18:01

Mount Stewart has been recognised as one of the UK’s most special places after a National Trust social media campaign gathered more than 700 images and memories of places from right across the UK.

The innovative campaign ran across a range of social media sites including facebook, twitter and instagram.

The winning image was submitted by Niky McGrattan from Kircubbin, who also described why Mount Stewart is so important to her family. Commenting on winning the UK-wide competition Niky said:

‘I am absolutely thrilled to win this competition, especially as there were so many amazing images of places right across the UK. I really didn’t expect mine to be chosen as the winning image.'

‘Mount Stewart is just ten minute’s drive from our house so we go often, and every time without fail we see something new. We might climb rocks or trees, jump over a stream or follow a family of ducks. The views are breathtaking and we always go home happy.’

Niky’s prize includes a National Trust holiday cottage family break and a full day with a professional photographer so she can pick up tips on how to get the most from her photographs of Northern Ireland’s places.

Jon Kerr, Mount Stewart Property Manager said:

‘This campaign aimed to celebrate the many special places that exist right across the UK, so we are delighted that Mount Stewart came out top. The gardens here are remarkable in offering something for everyone, from experienced gardeners to armchair enthusiasts, and from walkers to amblers.

‘Children love discovering the carved creatures, feeding the swans, and charging through the woods. Whether you’re seven or seventy, Mount Stewart will reward you with many wonderful days out.’

Due to the success of the campaign, National Trust is keeping the facebook campaign running so that people can continue to share their memories and images of the places they love.

Visit www.facebook.com/nationaltrustni and use #specialplaces