Grow Your Green Roots at Attingham

A bee in the Walled Garden at Attingham Park

Since 1947, when the Attingham Estate was bequeathed to the National Trust by Thomas, 8th Lord Berwick, teams of staff, volunteers, partners, and supporters have been helping to care for and conserve Attingham. This year we’re sharing the stories of the work these teams do across the estate conserving and protecting nature.

Caring for nature: beekeepers checking on bees and their hives in the Orchard at Attingham Park.
Beekepers collecting honey from a hive at Attingham Park.
Caring for nature: beekeepers checking on bees and their hives in the Orchard at Attingham Park.

Our work caring for nature is never finished. From the tiny saproxylic insects that have found the ideal habitat on a part of the estate designated as a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest), to the magnificent herd of fallow deer that are resident in the Deer Park and from clearing the river banks of rubbish to laying hedges creating wood pasture – find out more about the work we do, how you can get involved, and take away ideas for how you can help care for nature in your home, garden or other green places.

A Meadow Brown butterfly at Attingham Park.
A Meadow Brown butterfly at Attingham Park
A Meadow Brown butterfly at Attingham Park.

Find out more about our work

There’s more to the Attingham Estate than its Mansion, Walled Garden, Pleasure Grounds and Deer Park which makes up around 200 acres (80 hectares). When you visit Attingham you are visiting the heart of this Shropshire estate – the whole estate is around 4,000 acres (1600 hectares) in size. The wider landscape includes woodland, parkland, tenanted farms and farmland, and properties. 

Attingham's Ranger team at work on the wider estate.
Attingham's Ranger team on the wider estate.
Attingham's Ranger team at work on the wider estate.

With all this to help care for, our Ranger team are often found carrying out their work on the wider estate. You can learn more about their work from Ranger Gareth in the monthly Ranger Blog post.

National Trust Land Rover in front of the Mansion at Attingham

Attingham's Ranger Blog

Take a closer look at the Attingham Estate with our Ranger Blog. The ranger team know the ins and outs of the 4,000 acres that make up the landscape of Attingham.

Each month, from February to October we'll be featuring a member of the Attingham team, National Trust specialist, tenant, or partner on our Caring for nature at Attingham: Meet the team page below.

A peacock buttefly at Attingham Park

Caring for nature at Attingham: Meet the team

How are we helping nature and wildlife across the estate at Attingham? Find out more from Attingham's staff, volunteers, tenants, and partners throughout the year.

Hear from members of the team working across the estate about 'Nature + Attingham'.

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Attingham + Nature: Hear from the team

In this film you can hear from some of the team about why nature is important at Attingham and how they're making a difference for nature on the estate.

Find out more about what makes up the wider Attingham Estate below.

View across the River Tern to the Deer Park at Attingham

The wider Attingham Estate

There’s more to the Attingham Estate than its Mansion, Walled Garden, Pleasure Grounds and Deer Park which makes up around 200 acres (80 hectares) Find out more about the wider Attingham estate.

You can also uncover more about nature at Attingham and our conservation work at events during the year. Learn more about insects and mini-beasts at Attingham on our Cadbury Easter Trails, discover more about the Attingham deer herd on a Deer Park Safari, or join a guided walk to find out more about gardening in a National Trust walled garden.

Find our more about how the organic Walled Garden on a guided walk and talk.
A volunteer gardener in the Walled Garden at Attingham
Find our more about how the organic Walled Garden on a guided walk and talk.

From Saturday 22 June to Sunday 8 September the National Portrait Gallery is coming to Attingham with Faces of Change: Nature's Champions, a partnership exhibition of portraits of champions of nature and the natural world with works from the nineteenth century to the present, including outstanding paintings, sculptures, photographs and recent commissions. The selection of portraits includes environmental activists, poets, artists, politicians, campaigners, gardeners, broadcasters and scientists.

Photograph of David Attenborough

Faces of Change: Nature's Champions at Attingham

Who’s your nature champion? Don’t miss this exhibition of world class portraits of people with a passion for the natural world at Attingham from 22 June to 8 September.

You can find details of these events on our What's On page, and we’ll be updating it throughout the year with more Grow Your Green Roots events and activities.

How to get involved

If you’d like to get involved and help us protect and care for nature you could join us as a volunteer.  We’ve a variety of outdoor volunteering roles, such as beekeeper, gardener, and ranger. You can find out more below:

Volunteer gardeners in the Walled Garden at Attingham

Volunteering at Attingham

Interested in volunteering? Join the team at Attingham Park and get stuck in with a variety of roles and help look after the house and estate.

Ideas to help care for nature

If you’d like to do more for nature in your own home, garden or green space you’ll find some great tips for creating a nature friendly garden below:

Spider web in the garden at Bateman's

Nine ways to build a wildlife friendly garden 

You can follow in the footsteps of our rangers and help save wildlife at home. Here are nine ways you can bring more nature to your garden.