Nationwide festival next year will be the largest ever of its kind

Capability Brown Festival wins HLF support
Capability Brown Festival wins HLF support

The Capability Brown Festival, which will celebrate the 300th birthday of the ‘father of landscape architecture’ with a programme of nationwide events and exhibitions in 2016, has been awarded £911,100 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

The Festival, the first ever celebration of Brown’s work, unites 17 partner organisations in the UK’s largest festival of its kind to date. Organisers hope to open up as many of the 250-plus sites attributed to or connected to Brown, some of which are currently inaccessible to the public, and to develop exhibitions, walks, tours and activities celebrating his distinctive landscapes.

To find out more about the Festival visit the Capability Brown website.

Gilly Drummond, chair of the Capability Brown Festival, said: ‘This is truly fantastic news. We are currently working with owners and managers of Brown landscapes, and with hundreds of volunteers to stage an exciting and lively nationwide festival celebrating the life and work of the greatest contributor to our amazingly rich heritage of parks, gardens and wider designed landscape. Events and activities for all ages and interests are in the pipeline. Today’s news is a wonderful boost to all those efforts and ensures Brown’s legacy will be properly celebrated in 2016.’

Paul Lincoln, deputy chief executive of the Landscape Institute, said: ‘As the first ever celebration of Brown’s work the Festival has two key strands. The first will increase public access to the sites Brown created and advised on – many of them never seen by the public before. The second will allow us to discover more about his work, and how he created his landscapes. The Festival will fix Brown at the forefront of modern thinking on design and management of the natural environment and celebrate his enduring legacy which is still relevant to how we plan, manage and design our landscapes today.’

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