Kids to showcase garden designs

A special children's competiton has been launched by Northumberland County Show to mark the 300th birthday of Capability Brown.

Monday, 18th April 2016, 12:30 pm
Robson Green at Kirkharle

One of Northumberland’s most famous sons, Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown hails from Kirkharle, near Cambo.

During his lifetime he created more than 250 landscapes in the UK, and his influence is seen across the world to the present day.

The Northumberland County Show intends to raise awareness of this event with a Children’s Garden Design Competition.

Schools throughout the county have been invited to get involved, and youngsters may also make individual entries.

Judy Willis, event organiser, said: “We want children to let their imaginations run wild. The judges will be looking for creativity, originality and a clear theme, and there will be marks for considering the environment, and good construction ideas too.

“Hopefully there’s going to be some colourful artwork and lots of fun and exciting features.”

The competition is divided into three age groups, with prizes for both 3-D models and 2-D drawings, paintings or CAD plans.

James Fell, who organises the Rural Northumberland Marquee on behalf of Northumberland County Council, said: “We’re delighted to host the displays and showcase the hard work and inspiration of our region’s young people. Some of the North East’s well known attractions have donated prizes and will be represented in the marquee alongside the Capability Brown area.”

Kitty and John Anderson, present day owners of Kirkharle, and their landscape architect, Nick Owen, will be judging the entries.

Kitty said: “On his daily walk to school from Kirkharle to Cambo, young Lancelot Brown walked through Northumberland’s stunning countryside. This, we believe, inspired him to recreate similar landscapes throughout England.

“In the North East he created landscapes at Rothley East Lake, Alnwick Castle, Gibside, and he left a design for Kirkharle, his birthplace.”

“John and I were amazed to find his original plan in an old chest of drawers when we moved into the house after the death of my father-in-law. The document is possibly one of his first designs so incredibly important.

“The drawing is now kept safe at Newcastle University’s Museum, but over the last few years we have been bringing the design to life.”

Northumberland County Show takes place on Monday, May 30, at Bywell.