Prince Charles has praised Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown’s landscapes as being of ‘incomparable beauty’ in a new video message launching English Tourism Week.
English Tourism Week, running between 5-13 March, is led by Visit England and showcases the vibrancy and quality of the nation’s tourism industry. There’s a strong focus on landscapes as, inspired by the 300th anniversary of Brown’s birth, Visit England has named 2016 The Year of the English Garden.
Prince Charles is the patron of English Tourism Week, and filmed the introductory video at St James’s Palace last month. The prince said he had a ‘particular passion’ for gardening, and added: “2016 marks the 300th anniversary of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, the renowned landscape architect who transformed many of England’s gardens and inspired successive generations to follow and develop his ideas.
“Brown had both an extraordinary eye for landscape and the practical ability to deliver hugely ambitious schemes that reshaped the way that more than 170 of this country’s most special historic houses relate to their surroundings. These wonderful landscape gardens are now places of incomparable beauty and many, including some that are not normally open to the public will welcome visitors in this anniversary year, as will many other gardens around the country.
“I think it’s important to remember that the gardens designed by Capability Brown and by many of his successors were not only designed to sit in harmony with the countryside, they were created to be an integral part of its living and working fabric. As such, they have always helped the rural economy in surrounding areas. Today, the ability of those magnificent gardens to generate income from visitors makes a real difference to many hard-pressed communities.”
To view the full video, see below.