A stroll through Capability country

A stroll through Capability country


Posted 7th Mar 2017


Find out about some of the local Capability Brown replanting events near you

Belvoir Castle, Leicestershire

The 11th Duchess rediscovered Brown's lost plans for the estate and embarked on an extensive two-year creation of the landscape of her family home, which had been part of Brown's original plan. Guided by Brown's plan, 110 acres of woodland was felled to reveal the majority of his original views and vistas. 83,000 new trees were planted, 17 miles of new road were put in place, 15 acre-feet of water in abandoned ponds and lakes restored, and a further 110 acres of undergrowth in woodland gardens has been cleared. On top of this, a collection of unusual and rare plants which are able to thrive on acid soil are viewable.

Berrington Hall, Herefordshire

Berrington has a three-year plan for restoring parkland to Brown's original vision for the estate. This includes replanting over 350 trees which have been replanted in their original locations, with conifers removed to reinstate lost views of the mansion and wider landscape.

Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire

The 12th Duke of Marlborough, Jamie Spencer-Churchill, planted a Cedar of Lebanon tree in January 2017 - this marks the 300th anniversary since Capability Brown's birth.

Castle Ashby, Northamptonshire

The Northamptonshire Gardens Trust gifted trees to local schools and organisations which visited Castle Ashby to find out about Brown's landscape. The castle is known for its beautiful selection of veteran trees, which include cedars, chestnuts and bundled limes.

Compton Verney, Warwickshire

A Cedar of Lebanon was planted in November 2016 to honour the memory of founder Sir Peter Moores, who had passed away earlier that year. The cedar was propagated from a tree that had been brought to Britain during Brown's lifetime and was supplied by the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh as being part of the International Conifer Conservation Programme.

Croome Court, Worcestershire

Gardeners are planting individual trees in parkland, while also gapping up a woodland with several hundred trees. Croome was Brown's first independent commission in 1751, where he played a role for 30 years.

Fenstanton, Cambridgeshire

A Cedar of Lebanon is to be planted on Sunday 23 April 2017 at a special event in Fenstanton. This was the village where Brown planned to retire and where his final resting place is, in the village churchyard. The tree is descended from true Cedars of Lebannon as part of the International Conifer Conservation Programme.

Kirkharle, Northumberland

Brown's daily walks from Kirkharle to Cambo school proved the inspiration for much of his work. In November 2016, children from three local schools, including Cambo, planted 420 saplings of birch, cherry, oak and rowan into the Kirkharle landscape, which is now being redeveloped based on Brown's plans for the 1770s.

Stansted Park, Hampshire

A special elm was planted in Stansted Forest which was looking to commemorate the Embroiders' Guild Capability Brown Exhibition at Stansted Park, Rowlands Castle, Hampshire. The trees donated to Stansted Park have been recorded in the "Tree Book", which has been housed in a glass cabinet in the house where it can be clearly seen.

Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire

As a part of the '1,000 trees in 10 years' campaign, Wimpole has planted around 120 trees to the west of the park.





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