Food and flowers for Brown

The plaque unveiled by The Time Bandits
The plaque unveiled by The Time Bandits

Celebrations for the 300th anniverasry of the birth of Lancelot Capability Brown will continue at Kirkharle this weekend.

The attraction, which was once the home of Capability Brown, will be hosting a food and flowers fair on Sunday.

Organised in conjunction with the National Gardens Scheme (NGS) and St Oswald’s Hospice, the fair will be in the barn marquee and throughout the courtyard.

Admission from 11am to 4pm, will be by donation.

Fresh, locally-made and produced food will be in plentiful supply, including local Ponteland lamb; loose leaf tea, chocolate and accessories, from Newcastle-based Easy Teasy, Boulevard Salts, from North Shields, offering smoked salts, peppercorns, oils and dried mushrooms, Kenspeckle Fudge and Confectionery and Frere Quenelle.

Visitors can also stock up on a wide variety of inexpensive plants, grown by local NGS garden owners. The art and craft workshops will be open for business, check for workshop opening times.

It’s just a short walk to pretty St Wilfrid’s Church, where Capability Brown was baptised and a new plaque to commemorate his life has been unveiled on the Coffee House wall.

Kirkharle is proud to be associated with the NGS which, since it was founded in 1927, has donated more than £45million to its nominated beneficiaries and partners. All of the beneficiaries are nursing and caring charities and in addition, individual gardens have given away more than £4million in small donations directly to local charities of their choice.

Continuing the celebrations of Brown, The Northumberland County Show takes place at Bywell on Monday, May 30, and the committee has invited children from Reception to Year 9 to stretch their imaginations and enter a Dream Garden design competition.

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