An update to this blog is long overdue, and to landscape, garden or history fans, not to mention many others, I’m sure this one is worth the wait. I bring news of the launch of an official Capability Brown website; a site that will now act as the grand entrance to the world of Lancelot Capability Brown.
The website itself is the new public face for a collection of partner organisations, including the Association of Gardens Trusts, English Heritage, the Garden History Society, the Historic Houses Association, National Gardens Scheme, Natural England, Parks & Gardens UK, Visit Britain, the National Trust and the Landscape Institute. This list alone speaks volumes, but in addition to these there are a number of other stakeholders who are connected or interested in Brownian landscapes across Britain. Each and every one with an interest will find the new website of great value.
If at this stage you’re wondering why this is all happening now, I’m glad to say that we are approaching, in 2016, the 300th anniversary of Lancelot Brown’s birth. If still you are wondering what is there to fuss about, I would say that Brown has been little celebrated in the past, and is a grossly under-valued character in our nation’s history. I for one appreciate that there are many others who have made significant contributions to our many landscape gardens, indeed some of whom influenced Brown. This refreshed focus however is long overdue, and is surely here to be embraced and enjoyed.
The objectives of the lead organisation are clearly stated on the site, but in a nutshell it hopes to further understand, appreciate, celebrate and promote not only Brown, but the landscapes and structures that relate to him around Britain. I’m sure that as we move towards and through 2016, there is much for us all to enjoy and experience from the world of landscape and garden history, and I’m sure that Brown is an ideal figurehead for the world of landscape improvement and architecture.
I have to say that I am but an avid supporter of Brown’s work, and following the introduction of the new official website, I have plans to evolve the types of posts found on this website, to ensure it stays relevant, engaging and interesting – so please don’t forget to watch this space too! You can also follow my associated twitter account @Brown2016
Please do visit and explore the new Capability Brown website, and remember to register there to receive updates and official news.