Capability Brown Celebrations Launch

Northamptonshire Gardens Trust and Castle Ashby celebrate the
Capability Brown 300 Festival

Gilly Drummond, Chair of the ‘Capability’ Brown Festival 2016, joins Northamptonshire Gardens Trust and Castle Ashby to celebrate the launch of an ambitious project which aims to encourage a wider and more diverse audience to visit, learn about and enjoy ‘Capability’ Brown’s landscapes.

The launch, which included the premiere of a newly produced film of the magnificent Brownian landscape at Castle Ashby, is part of the ‘Capability’ Brown Festival taking place throughout 2016.  The Festival is managed by the Landscape Institute and is funded with a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Jenny Burt, Secretary of NGT comments, “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Castle Ashby on this exciting project.  It is anticipated that this will be a very busy and exciting year where the genius of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown can be duly celebrated and more people will visit, enjoy and learn about his landscapes”.

The Trust’s exhibition of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, the Man and his Work in Northamptonshire can be viewed at the Chichele Garden Fair, Higham Ferrers on Saturday 28 May from 9 am – 4pm. Entry is free.  The exhibition will also be at Wyvale Garden centres throughout Northamptonshire during June – September.

Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown (1716-1783) was one of England’s most talented landscape designers.  He worked on large country estates and popularised the landscape style which became fashionable throughout Europe and beyond during the 18th century.  For more information on the ‘Capability’ Brown Festival visit:


Happy Birthday toasting
Gilly Drummond (Chair of the Capability Brown 2016 Festival) proposes a toast
Cutting the cake at the Celebration Launch
Time for cake


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Rain doesn’t dampen NGT members’ enthusiasm