To end a busy year celebrating the 300th Anniversary of the birth of Lancelot “Capability” Brown, the Northamptonshire Gardens Trust were delighted to have gifted trees to all those groups from Wellingborough and East Northants who visited the wonderful Brownian landscape at Castle Ashby in July. These visits were part of an ambitious project aiming to encourage a wider, more diverse audience to visit, learn about and enjoy Brown’s landscapes as part of the Capability Brown 2016 Festival. This Festival was managed by the Landscape Institute and funded with a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
On a beautifully sunny morning on Monday 28th November, five trees were delivered to a variety of sites and in the very capable hands of “Capability” Brown, a Rowan tree was planted at Rowangate School and the Warwick Academy in Wellingborough and a Hawthorne at Southwood House for adults with disabilities, also in Wellingborough.
Owing to limitations of space, Rowangate School in Rushden and the SERVE treatment centre in Higham Ferrers received crab apple trees in pots to brighten their urban environments. Each tree was ceremoniously planted with the help of pupils, residents and of course, “Capability” Brown.