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.
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: http://www.capabilitybrown.org