Capability Brown Festival

Great news indeed – a nationwide festival to mark the 300th Birthday of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown has been given a major boost after receiving support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Lancelot Brown,  by Sir Nathaniel Dance-Holland. c1773.  National Portrait Gallery.

Lancelot Brown,
by Sir Nathaniel Dance-Holland. c1773.
National Portrait Gallery.

An impressive list of partner organisations include English Heritage, the Landscape Institute, the National Trust, the Historic Houses Association plus many more who are spearheading the campaign to celebrate one on the nations best known gardeners throughout 2016. Following not far behind are representatives from many landscape gardens across the land.

The work will have two strands, the first being to increase public access to some of the sites where Brown worked or advised, and with sites numbering in the region of 250, coordination of this alone is no walk in the park (pardon the pun). The second strand aims to help people understand Brown’s work and gain a grasp of his achievements.

In addition to supporting the festival, the Heritage Lottery Fund has recently given funding to ‘Brown’ projects such as Highcliffe Castle to improve parkland, to Ampthill Great Park to restore landscape, and to Compton Verney to ‘Re-view’ its Brownian landscape including restoration of a Brown designed chapel – yes Lancelot took on built commissions too!

From a Personal perspective, I can say that a character that I’ve held in high regard for many years will finally be given a platform for greater appreciation and understanding. Furthermore, with some of the nations largest heritage, gardening and arts organisations involved alongside some of the nations favourite heritage gardens; we’re set for a bumper year indeed!

For more information and updates from the festival team, head over to the official Capability Brown Festival website:

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About Lancelot Capability Brown

Hello and Welcome to my Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown blog! I thrive on the richness and diversity found within our historic gardens and landscapes and I hope through this blog to paint a picture of Lancelot Brown’s 18th Century world, his landscapes and life. I’d like this blog to spread the Brownian word far and wide, so please join in, suggest post subjects, send in potential articles or links to anything and everything with 'Capability'. I’ll also be looking forward to the Capability Brown Tercentenary Celebration of his birth in 2016, and look forward to an incredible year where the work of Brown can receive more praise and recognition than ever before. I've also launched a Twitter account under the title of @Brown2016 where for the next few years I plan to help spread the word and at the very least play my part in the build-up to a special year for all who enjoy landscape gardening in its true form. All views are my own and do not represent those of any organisation.
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