To end a busy year celebrating the 300th Anniversary of the birth of Lancelot “Capability” Brown, the Northamptonshire Gardens Trust are delighted to have gifted trees to all the 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 Festival 2016.
On a beautifully sunny morning on Monday 28th November, five trees were delivered to five sites. In the very capable hands of “Capability” Brown, a Rowan tree was planted at Rowangate School and at the Warwick Academy in Wellingborough. A Hawthorne was planted 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.
Carol Fitzgerald, of the Northamptonshire Gardens Trust said “All participating groups in the July trips to Castle Ashby now have a fitting reminder of a special visit to a “Capability” Brown landscape and the great man himself. It has been a very exciting and enjoyable year and we are delighted to end the project with a lasting legacy”.