The Parkland

Trees in the park at Shugborough, Staffordshire

Can you say that you have ventured out into all 900 acres of our parkland? It is Grade I listed due to its historical importance.

We look after vast spaces of Parkland, such as Satnall Hills, Great Haywood Cliffs, Stafford Plantation and Sherbrook Valley. These areas are incredibly important, not only because they are part of Cannock Chase's Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, but also because they hold the habitats of the wide variety of species in Staffordshire.

One of the most rare species we have is the small pearl bordered fratilery butterfly, which can be found out in Sherbrook Valley. 

A small pearl-bordered fritillary butterfly

The Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary butterfly

We are lucky to be able to look after this special butterfly here at Shugborough. Find out more about how our ranger team look after their habitat

Did you know that you can walk and enjoy all of these special spaces? Take your family, friends and even your pooch one of our estate walks.

As you look around you, you may notice that there are some grand monuments dotted around our Parkland. In the 18th century Shugborough was seen as being at the forefront of the Greek Revival, with its monuments and buildings designed by James ‘Athenian’ Stuart influencing parks and gardens throughout the country.

In February 1795, as a result of snow melt and heavy rainfall, the Shugborough Estate, like many places in the area, suffered a vast flood which swept away many features of the estate, including the Chinese Pagoda and Cascade as well as an ornamental lake which formed a moat around the Tower of the Winds.

The Chinese House, Shugborough, Staffordshire

Parkland buildings, monuments and follies

An ornate dairy, a Greek temple, and a Chinese house are just some of the parkland features.