Capability Brown’s legacy lives on in trees

Kirkharle
Kirkharle

Thousands of trees have been planted across England as part of the Capability Brown Festival, which last year celebrated the 300th anniversary of the birth of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, the man who shaped much of the British landscape as we know it today.

Brown was one of the 18th century’s most successful and pioneering entrepreneurs, masterminding hundreds of ambitious landscape design projects.

He is associated with more than 250 landscapes across England and Wales, including his birthplace at Kirkharle.

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

Ceryl Evans, Capability Brown Festival Director, said: “The Capability Brown Festival has been about encouraging people to better understand Brown’s influence, and get outdoors and enjoy the stunning landscapes he left behind. Although the festival has come to a close, it is very satisfying to know that future generations will be able to continue to benefit from his legacy, thanks to all those working so hard today to care for these historic landscapes.”