Broad range of events will mark next year’s tercentenary

Capability Brown Festival launches

The official launch of next year's Capability Brown Festival has taken place. The festival, which will be held throughout next year, will mark the three-hundredth anniversary of the birth of Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, the figure who can be seen as the founder of landscape architecture.

The Capability Brown Festival 2016 has been funded by a £911,100 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and is managed by the Landscape Institute.

It unites 20 partner organisations in the UK’s largest festival of its kind to date, including the Historic Houses Association, the National Trust and English Heritage, which care for and manage many of Brown’s existing landscapes.

Ceryl Evans, director of the festival, said, 'Brown’s work was ground-breaking. He blended art and engineering, and moved mountains of earth and villages, to create beautiful naturalistic landscapes which are still much admired today, 300 years after his birth. A prolific landscape architect, Brown is associated with more than 250 sites across England and Wales, with many more parks and gardens around the world inspired by his work.

'I am delighted that the Capability Brown Festival will be taking place in England and Wales throughout 2016. It is the first festival of its kind to celebrate his life, work and legacy. Many Brown sites, including some not normally open to the public, will host special events, tours and activities to mark the 300th anniversary of his birth.'

Learn more about the festival here.  


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