The Hon. Nicholas Howard, known as Nick, currently resides in the splendid Castle Howard, an elegant stately home nestled in the scenic landscapes of North Yorkshire.
With approximately 1,000 acres of parkland and gardens, Castle Howard offers an enchanting and truly remarkable experience for exploration. Situated amidst the picturesque Howardian Hills, designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, we had the pleasure of engaging with Nick to delve into the rich biodiversity thriving within the estate's gardens—from the playful House Martins to the elusive Red Kite, and the vibrant bluebell woods to the serene lakes and waterways.
What sets Castle Howard apart is its diverse landscape, a treasure that requires vigilant protection just like the historic house and monuments that grace its grounds. The dedicated forestry team has been diligently planting trees across the estate, with a thoughtful initiative of selling native trees and shrubs to both visitors and locals through the Castle Howard nursery. Notably, their efforts have led to the resurgence of bluebells on the woodland floor, a testament to their commitment to preserving key bluebell areas by curbing the spread of brambles.
The expansive grounds and estate have transformed into a sanctuary for wildlife, a testament to Nick and the entire Castle Howard team's unwavering dedication to managing the land sustainably. This approach ensures a harmonious coexistence between people and wildlife, fostering a positive impact on both fronts.
We extend a heartfelt invitation for you to personally experience the magnificence of Castle Howard by visiting the estate. Wander through the ancient woodlands and expansive grounds that seamlessly blend tradition with the modern age - a testament to responsible stewardship.
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Photo credit: James Glossop
Written by Angela.