A NATIONAL Trust property close to Pershore has launched launch a year of celebrations to mark 300 years since the birth of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown.
‘Capability’ changed the face of landscapes in eighteenth century England, designing country estates and mansions, moving hills and making flowing lakes and serpentine rivers.
The key commemorative tree planting was held at Croome, where Dame Helen Ghosh, National Trust Director-General planted a cedar of Lebanon in recognition of Capability Brown’s use of cedars in so many of his designed landscapes.
Croome is one of Brown’s most significant landscapes. His work involved digging up formal gardens, draining marshland to create new lakes and streams and even moving an entire village out of sight.
Many of the trees and shrubs planted by Brown survive in the park today, but many others were lost during the decline of the landscape in the 20th century.
Dame Helen said: “Capability Brown was one of this country’s greatest landscape gardeners.
“Not only did he design or advise on over 250 landscapes in this country over four decades, but his influence spread throughout Europe.
“He created works of art in nature and we are proud to look after some of his most complete landscapes for the public to enjoy.
“We look forward to celebrating his achievements over the coming months through our events, tree plantings and continuing conservation work.”
Katherine Alker, Garden and Park Manager at Croome, said: “Over the last decade, and together with a great team of volunteers, we have worked tirelessly to replant the parkland at Croome, as Brown would have intended it.”
“The cedar is a tree which ‘Capability’ Brown loved to use and replaces one which was lost due to arable farming in the 1900s.
“We hope that this tree will be here for centuries to come, just like those that Brown planted that can still be seen today,” she added.
Croome will be celebrating ‘Capability’ Brown’s tercentenary with a full programme of events throughout the year including fascinating lectures, walks and exhibitions.
Croome is open throughout the year. The park and lakeside are open from 10am until 4.30pm every day and Croome Court is open from 11am to 4pm (except Tuesdays)
Call 01905 371006, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/croome or follow Croome on Twitter @NTCroome for more information.