Capability Brown Design Competition closes

06.10.2015 | category: Events

The Capability Brown Design Competition, which aimed to find a new design for part of Moccas Park in Hereford, has now closed for entries.

The competition was hosted by Natural England, and managed by the Landscape Institute. It aimed to attract contemporary design ideas inspired by Capability Brown’s work and practice, along with thought-provoking ideas about how to engage people with Brown and his landscapes.

Brown consulted on plans for intended alterations at Moccas in 1778, commissioned by Sir George Cornewall. It is believed his plans for the site, pictured above, were partially executed.

The competition will award prizes in two categories: student and open entry. The judges will be:

  • Noel Farrer, Farrer Huxley Associates founder and President of the Landscape Institute
  • Chris Bolton, Principal Landscape Specialist, Natural England
  • Dr Ian Thompson, Reader in Landscape Architecture, Newcastle University
  • Leslie Pearman, Senior Heritage Adviser, Natural England
  • Saul Herbert Moccas National Nature Reserve (NNR) Manager, Natural England
  • Jenifer White, National Landscape Adviser, Historic England
  • Jill Butler, Conservation Adviser, Woodland Trust

The winners will be announced and prizes presented at the prestigious Landscape Institute Awards, London, on November 26.

Natural England will be using the winning design ideas to finalise how the competition site will be laid out when it is restored to parkland, and to expand Moccas NNR. This work will start with the planting of new trees in spring 2016.