Celebrating Capability Brown’s 300th anniversary
The landscape architect Capability Brown, who created Wimbledon Park, was born 300 years ago this August. The Friends of Wimbledon Park (FOWP) have organised a series of events to mark this important milestone.
Over the weekend of 13 and 14 February, around 100 volunteers of all ages turned out to plant 1,000 trees to restore and extend Horse Close Wood and help screen the Wimbledon Park Road car park from view. The trees – all native species, including dog rose, wild cherry and blackthorn – were funded by a £3,000 grant from the London Tree and Woodland Community Grant Scheme which FOWP secured last year.
Click to see photos of Restoring Horse Close Wood
FOWP Chairman Nick Steiner said: “The event was a chance for local people to celebrate Capability Brown’s tercentenary, and play a part in enhancing this wonderful piece of local heritage.”
Plans are now also well under way for the main celebration, which takes place on Saturday 13 August. There will be a walk round the 4km Heritage Trail to unveil a series of commemorative plaques, followed by tea and cakes. FOWP are inviting local dignitaries and MPs to take part, and hope that local people will also want to join in. So do please save the date.
Did you know?
Capability Brown has been described as “England’s greatest gardener”, with more than 170 gardens to his name, including Blenheim, Chatsworth and Longleat. As well as Grade II* listed Wimbledon Park, designed for the Spencer family, his London gardens include Syon Park, Richmond Palace Gardens, (now part of Kew Gardens), Gray’s Inn Walks and St James Park.