Everyone Needs Nature at Attingham Park

A child exploring the Walled Garden at Attingham Park

Installed during Coronavirus 'lockdown', a new photography exhibition is on display in the Stables Courtyard at Attingham. ‘Everyone Needs Nature’ by photographer Pritt Kalsi is an exhibition of portraits of visitors at Attingham. You can see the exhibition in the Stables Courtyard as part of your pre-booked admission ticket to visit.

Photographed over one weekend in the autumn of 2019, the exhibition is a snapshot in time of visitors enjoying, discovering and taking time out in nature. Who knew this would become so significant in 2020 when many people found themselves isolated at home and indoors?

Pritt Kalsi at Attingham Park.
Photographer and artist Pritt Kalsi at Attingham Park
Pritt Kalsi at Attingham Park.

In the year that the National Trust marks 125 years since it began, access to the outdoors and nature is as important as ever. Today, we're carrying on the ambition of our founders to care for nature, beauty and history.

" ...the need of quiet, the need of air, and I believe the sight of sky and of things growing, seem human needs..."
- Octavia Hill, key founder of the National Trust and social reformer, public figure, artist and activist.

Octavia, campaigned to to give people access to the countryside, beauty and space.

"We all want beauty...we all need space", Octavia Hill. Space to pause at Attingham.
A family standing my the River Tern at Attingham for a photographic portrait
"We all want beauty...we all need space", Octavia Hill. Space to pause at Attingham.

People featured in the exhibition were asked to make a promise to nature.

" ...plant more trees...more recycling...care for the countryside...reduce plastic usage...build a bug hotel...make a hedgehog highway...plant more bee and butterfly friendly plants and bushes..."
- Nature promises made by those featuring in the portraits.

Background to the exhibition

In 2019 Attingham hosted the National Trust and National Portrait Gallery partnership exhibition 'Nature's Champions', which featured paintings, photographs and sculptures of people today, and from the past, who have been champions of nature. Inspired by this exhibition, Pritt Kalsi was commissioned to photograph portraits of visitors in nature, at Attingham.

"I believe the sight of sky and of things growing, seem human needs..." Octavia Hill, founder of the National Trust.
A child exploring the Walled Garden at Attingham Park
"I believe the sight of sky and of things growing, seem human needs..." Octavia Hill, founder of the National Trust.

Pritt Kalsi

Multiple award winning Artist Pritt Kalsi has been involved in the arts since a child. Growing up in Birmingham he was very quickly influenced by the spirit of the city and the hip hop scene.  

Having graduated in design, Pritt majored in Photography and Film, leading him to explore the world from behind the lens.

Pritt Kalsi in the Inner Library at Attingham Park.
Artist Pritt Kalsi sat in the Inner Library at Attingham Park.
Pritt Kalsi in the Inner Library at Attingham Park.

Having visited the Nature’s Champion exhibition at Attingham Park in 2019 he was approached by the National Trust to work on a photography project connecting people and nature. 

This was a first for Pritt who up until now had never visited a National Trust place or even done anything like a nature walk.  He loved his experience and embraced the opportunity to take on the project to capture some images of the nature connection between Attingham and its visitors.

To find out about this experience from Pritt, visit his webpage.

Taking time out in nature, at Attingham Park.
A family with dogs in the grounds at Attingham Park.
Taking time out in nature, at Attingham Park.

Discover nature at Attingham with your own eyes

Can you remember the first time you visited Attingham, or another National Trust place? Who could you introduce to the nature, beauty and space at Attingham?  

Bucks in the deer park at Attingham Park.

Deer diary: The Attingham herd

The Attingham deer herd is the beating heart of the estate. Descended from the fallow deer introduced by Thomas 2nd Lord Berwick, Attingham is home to around 180 deer.

Weed matting cover on flower bed at Attingham Park, Shropshire

Stroll in Attingham's Walled Garden

Things might look slightly different to normal, but you can still potter around our lovingly restored walled garden (open from 9am) and savour the sights and smells of fresh produce and flower borders.

Hidden up along the Mile Walk at Attingham is a peaceful spot where in May/Jane the flowers bloom bright purples and pinks

Explore the parkland at Attingham

The wonderful thing about the parkland is that it is ever changing. The seasons bring a variety of colour and wildlife to Attingham, so there's always something new to explore. Delve into the history of our parkland and discover the people who transformed landscape.