On a cold but sunny January day, a group of 15 Birmingham City University landscape architecture students visited Woodbury Hill, Moccas Park, to explore the site and get inspiration for their entries to the Capability Brown Design Competition. National Nature Reserve manager, Saul Herbert, Hereford County Council Archaeologist, Tim Hovard and Leslie Pearman from Natural England showed the students around, with clear skies offering panoramic views of Moccas Park, the snow covered Black Mountains and a sighting of the deer herd in Moccas' medieval deer park.
Birmingham City University has integrated the Capability Brown Design Competition into 2015’s 3rd year student coursework to support learning about the design of complex, sensitive landscape sites, as well as creating stimulating design concepts, and learning from Brown’s inspirational design approach and mapping techniques.
The final submission date for the Capability Brown Design Competition is 30th September 2015, which enables any students interested in entering the competition time to undertake both their coursework and competition entry. The Capability Brown Design Competition is also open to professional landscape architects.
New dates have been set for site visits to Woodbury Hill, Moccas Park, (for registered entrants in the Capability Brown Design Competition only) at Monday 23rd March, Thursday 23rd April, or Monday 1st June. To arrange a site visit contact Saul Herbert, firstname.lastname@example.org 07525 968440.
If you would like to find out more about the competition or register to enter, click here and scroll down the Competitions page.
About the author - Leslie Pearman is Senior Adviser Heritage Estates at Natural England.