HLF grant supports Capability Brown Festival to mark 300th anniversary of the famed landscape architect

Brown, often called the ‘father of landscape architecture,’ changed the national landscape and created a style which has shaped people’s picture of quintessential English countryside. The Capability Brown Festival 2016, supported by HLF grant, is the first-ever nationwide celebration of Brown’s extensive works.

Weston Park 10 © Weston Park

It aims to encourage a wider, more diverse audience to visit, learn about and enjoy Brown’s landscapes. It will run throughout 2016, bringing together a huge range of openings, events and exhibitions, and sparking new and exciting research into Brown and his works.

The Festival has been funded by a £911,100 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund with the wider project worth in the region of £1.7million. Much of this represents match funding, and funding in kind, from the Festival’s partners and supporters.

Stowe Park © English Heritage

Gilly Drummond, Chairman of the Capability Brown Festival’s Project Management Board, said: “The Festival aims to celebrate Capability Brown’s life, work, and the extraordinary legacy he left – both in terms of the rich array of sites attributed to him, and in his on-going influence on landscape design, which has been felt around the world.
“We are extremely grateful to the owner of the portrait, and to Bridgeman Images, for allowing it to be used in connection with the Festival, and we’re looking forward to seeing it being used across the country in 2016.”

There are more than 250 sites associated with Brown across England, with a small handful in Wales. The sites range from small private gardens to larger country estates, and include 12 public parks, some schools and hotels. Many are managed by members of the Historic Houses Association, the National Trust, and English Heritage.