At Croome we are celebrating the 300th anniversary of the birth of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown in many ways. Over the next few weeks you can be a landscape designer yourself by donning a hard hat and hi-viz jacket to get creative in our ‘Brown at Work’ site.
Thanks to funding from Trust New Art, Kiki Claxton (Croome’s Creative Programme Coordinator) and I, along with a small group of volunteers, worked with Kathrin Bohm, an artist who put forward several options for us to consider. The desired outcome was for visitors to understand that Croome is a man-made landscape with a river that was dug-out by hand, and to experience what it was like to build it.
The result was ‘Brown at Work’ - a ‘building site’ where visitors of all ages are encouraged to create their own landscape, dig out their own river bed, and build hills and valleys. Cut-out props of iconic buildings at Croome such as the Rotunda, the Chinese Bridge as well as cedar and oak trees are provided so that their landscapes can ‘come alive’!
‘Brown at Work’ is open to all ages, and we encourage families to all get involved and work together to create their own mini-landscape. The project is open until Sunday August 21st. Croome is open 7 days a week from 10am until 5.30pm. ‘Brown at Work’ is a free event, but normal admission applies to the property. National Trust members free.
About the Author: Katherine Alker, Garden and Park Manager, Croome