8. We’re a rare bat’s best friend
We work to protect all kinds of endangered wildlife. You can find the barbastelle bat, and 17 other bat species, roosting in the buildings and woodland we look after. We’ve reintroduced a butterfly once extinct in the UK, the Large Blue, and with the help of volunteer rangers, red squirrels are thriving in habitats like Aira Force in the Lake District.
9. We grow and serve 18th century vegetables
White icicle radishes and prickly cucumbers appear on the menu at Attingham Park’s Carriage House Café, fresh from the kitchen garden. It’s just one of the places where we conserve the natural and cultural heritage of our gardens and orchards, and give our visitors a taste of seasonal, sustainable food.
10. Our most popular attraction is Finn McCool’s crossing
588,000 people visited the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland in 2015. Enormous basalt columns stretch into the sea, said to be built by an Irish giant, Finn McCool, to fight his Scottish nemesis. It’s the busiest place we look after, followed by Stourhead house and gardens on the Wiltshire Downs.